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Summer at CVI got off to a fun start with our enrichment camp for school aged kids. This annual summer program gives children with vision loss the chance to interact with kids their own age who understand and share their experiences. For many of the campers, living with blindness or low vision can mean feeling like an outsider among their peers. Summer camp at CVI is an opportunity for them to socialize and learn in an inclusive, supportive environment that centers their unique needs and abilities. Developing new friendships and a sense of community helps these children grow into confident, independent, and connected adults.

Campers enjoyed field trips to fun local destinations like the zoo, aquarium, and art museum, and participated in accessible sports activities and adaptive table games. The children also spent time learning and practicing daily living skills such as shopping, cooking, and navigation. Campers and counselors were joined by CVI’s friends in the low vision community, including the Georgia Blind Sports Association, which led the children in a spirited game of goalball; Cecily Nipper of Georgia Council of the Blind, whose presentation on guide dogs featured her own dog, Shadow; and the Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, which welcomed participants to their Midtown location to check out their materials and services.

Summer enrichment camp and other Children & Youth Services programs are made possible with the help of generous partners. Philanthropic support allows us to offer these services on an income-based sliding fee scale, so that families of all backgrounds can depend on the same high-quality programs and resources. We would like to extend a special thanks to the following partners:

  • Atlanta Braves Foundation
  • The Coca-Cola Foundation
  • Georgia Power Foundation
  • Kiwanis Foundation Atlanta
  • Publix Super Market Charities
  • UPS Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation

Summer camp may be over, but there are still plenty of opportunities at CVI for kids with vision loss in metro Atlanta! To learn more about our programs and services, and how we can help your child and family adjust to visual impairment, visit our website https://cviga.org/stars-youth-services/ or contact Nick Reynolds at 404-602-4331 or nreynolds@cviga.org.