Vision Program

 
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The goal of the Vision Program at Boys Town National Research Hospital is to identify and address the unmet needs of children in the community who are blind and visually impaired. Families with children who are blind and visually impaired do not always have an opportunity to participate in activities that other families take for granted. In order to support these families, the Vision Program sponsors a number of services, including:

  • Training Resource Educational Exchange (TREE) sessions are parent networking meetings held quarterly to review technology and relevant issues. These meetings are co-sponsored with the Nebraska Foundation for Visually Impaired Children (NFVIC).
  • Omaha Parents of Visually Impaired meetings are networking sessions held in conjunction with Parent Resource Information Support Meeting (PRISM) and are sponsored by Ollie Webb Center.
  • The Beeping Easter Egg Hunt is an accessible Easter egg hunt designed as a family activity for children with visual impairments and their siblings.
  • Seminars, conferences and workshops are provided for children, parents, teachers of the visually impaired and other professionals who work with children who experience vision loss.
  • A semi-annual newsletter for parents and educators is published with the Nebraska Foundation for Visually Impaired Children.
  • Arts and cultural workshops are provided with the organizations Why Arts? and the Foundation for Visually Impaired Children.
  • The Vision Program collaborates with community resources to provide Sibshops, an internationally-recognized program for siblings of children with special needs.
  • Consultative services are available to community venues, such as museums, with focus on optimizing the accessibility for persons with visual impairments.
  • Educational presentations regarding blindness and visual impairment are offered to lay and professional audiences.