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STARS YOUTH SERVICES

STARS – Youth Services

Your visually impaired child is just like any other boy or girl. Hanging out with friends, participating in sports and wanting to feel good about themselves are a few of their priorities. But when they are the only student in their school with a disability, sometimes they can feel isolated and alone.

Children who are blind or visually impaired need a safe place where they can learn and develop the skills and self-confidence to thrive at school, in the community, and ultimately in the workplace.

CVI offers children ages five through 22 one on one and small group classes in cooking and other household skills, braille, orientation and mobility, assistive technology and more. For a full list of available classes, click here.

There are also opportunities for school-aged children to participate in social activities called Enrichment Saturdays. These fun-filled gatherings occur on the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to Noon. Activities will include things like arts and crafts, cooking classes, sports, short outings, and more.

CVI also hosts a summer enrichment camp in June and will host additional activities during school breaks this school year.

To learn more, contact the Children & Youth Services Manager at youthprograms@cviga.org or by calling 404-875-9011.

Parent Education Series

Navigating the challenges of raising a child who has a visual impairment can be overwhelming. The Center for the Visually Impaired wants to help make this journey a little easier by offering a Parent Education Series for parents or guardians whose children are experiencing low or no vision. The purpose of this educational series is to provide parents with the information and resources to help guide their child’s development from birth to school and beyond.

Classes will include such topics as the IEP Process, the Extended Core Curriculum, Compensatory Skills, special needs trusts, and more, and will take place the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to Noon. For more information and to register, contact youthprograms@cviga.org or call 404-602-4331.

Low Vision Evaluations and IEP Consultations

CVI’s Low Vision Clinic also provides low vision evaluations for students from Kindergarten through graduation. A low vision evaluation will help students develop the skills and identify tools they need to succeed in school and in life. CVI’s optometrists and occupational therapist provide counsel and recommendations for devices and supports to help each student achieve their academic goals and participate in extracurricular activities they enjoy. Check with your child’s Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) to schedule a low vision exam.

IEP consultations are also available through the Youth Services Program for parents who are looking for guidance on how to best support their children’s educational needs.

Financial assistance is available for families who qualify. For more information on financial assistance options, call 404-875-9011.