Children's vision Resource Guide

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Prescription Assistance

CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) is a program for children under the age of 18 who qualify as a Texas resident and U.S. resident. The program covers the cost of eye exams and glasses as well as prescription drugs and many other services. To find out if you meet the qualifications, visit the link below.

AVAILABLE AT | yourtexasbenefits.hhsc.texas.gov/programs/
health/child/childrens-medicaid

PHONE NUMBER | 1-877-787-8999

State Vision Resources

The Alexander Vision Center, located in Fort Worth, assists families of children with visual impairments or blindness. Referrals to their clinic must come from a school nurse, physician’s office, or public health agencies. Specific income guidelines apply and can be found on their website listed below.

AVAILABLE AT | cookchildrens.org/ophthalmology

PHONE NUMBER | 682-885-4499

InfantSEE was designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. With the help of this program, participating optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment. For more information follow the link below.

AVAILABLE AT | infantsee.org

PHONE NUMBER | 888-396-3937

 

Kids Vision Coalition is an organization in North Texas that works to create strategic partnerships to provide children with the vision care they need to see, learn and succeed.

AVAILABLE AT | kidsvisionco.org

The Dallas Area Council for the Blind is an organization that advocates for blind and visually impaired Texans. The organization also provides scholarships to qualified post-secondary students.

AVAILABLE AT | dallasacb.org

National Vision Resources

New Eyes for the Needy purchases new prescription eyeglasses through a voucher program for children and adults in the U.S. who cannot afford glasses. Follow the link below to find out more.

AVAILABLE AT | new-eyes.org

PHONE NUMBER | 973-376-4903

Mission Cataract USA offers free cataract surgery to people of all ages who cannot afford it themselves. They also want to eradicate blindness due to cataracts in the country and bring as many people as possible from blindness to useful productive lives.

AVAILABLE AT | missioncataractusa.org

PHONE NUMBER | 559-797-1629

Sight for Students provides vouchers that provide children in need with eye care and glasses from a local doctor. To find out if you qualify, contact VSP below.

AVAILABLE AT | vspglobal.com/cms/vspglobal-outreach/gift-certificates.html

PHONE NUMBER | 800-877-7195

National Eye Care Resources

The Lighthouse Guild has youth and teen programs. These programs immerse blind and visually impaired students into a social and recreational daily life. More information on the program can be found on their website below. 

AVAILABLE AT | lighthouseguild.org/patients-families/youth-and-teenprograms

 PHONE NUMBER | 646-874-8322

 

The Vision of Children Foundation is dedicated to curing hereditary childhood blindness and vision disorders.

AVAILABLE AT | visionofchildren.org 

PHONE NUMBER | 858-314-7916

 
 

Sight Savers America has a children’s eye care program. The program provides free comprehensive eye care follow-up to qualifying children in areas of Texas and other states. To find out more about their programs, visit the website listed below.

AVAILABLE AT | sightsaversamerica.org

PHONE NUMBER | 877-942-2627

The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults is a service agency that provides help to people who are blind that is not readily available from government or other existing service systems.

AVAILABLE AT | actionfund.org

PHONE NUMBER | 410-659-9315

 

Resources for Parents

The Texas Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments is a group that enables parents to find helpful information, resources, and support.

AVAILABLE AT | tapvi.org

PHONE NUMBER | 972-984-0761

 


Wonder Baby is a website dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. 

AVAILABLE AT | wonderbaby.org

FamilyConnect is a national membership organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired and those with additional disabilities. It is an online multimedia community that gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources.

AVAILABLE AT | familyconnect.org

PHONE NUMBER | 212-769-6318

Educational Resources

 

The Blind Children’s Center is a nonprofit organization that serves children who are blind or visually impaired and provides an array of support services.

PHONE NUMBER | 323-664-2153
 

The National Library Service is a free Braille and audio book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or hold a physical page.

AVAILABLE AT | loc.gov/nls

PHONE NUMBER | 1-888-657-7323

 

Seedlings is an organization that provides Braille books for children.

AVAILABLE AT | seedlings.org 

PHONE NUMBER | 800-777-8552

 


Expected to launch later this year, LEGO Braille Bricks will be a great tool to helping visually impaired children learn the Braille alphabet. To read more about LEGO’s Braille Bricks, visit their website listed below.

AVAILABLE AT | legobraillebricks.com

Schools for the Blind and Visually Impaired

 

Perkins School for the Blind is a progressive, multi-faceted organization committed to improving the lives of people with blindness all around the world.

AVAILABLE AT | perkins.org

PHONE NUMBER | 617-924-3434

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a special public school in which students, who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired including those with additional disabilities, who are eligible for consideration for services on campus.

AVAILABLE AT | tsbvi.edu

PHONE NUMBER | 512-454-8631

The Hadley School for the Blind offers free online courses on everything from helping your young child develop to beginner’s Braille.

AVAILABLE AT | hadley.edu

PHONE NUMBER | 800-323-4238

Technological Resources for Children

Animal Watch Vi Suite is an app designed for children with visual impairments that helps children improve middle school math skills. Students are also able to learn about invasive and endangered species. It is available for free on the Apple App Store.

AVAILABLE AT | apps.apple.com/us/app/animalwatch-vi-suite/id1051014170

Sensory Light Box is an app that uses abstract animation and sound to introduce basic skills and awareness. It is great for children with low vision and other sensory needs. It is available for $3.99 on the Apple App Store, and on Google Play for $2.49.

AVAILABLE AT | apps.apple.com/us/app/sensory-light-box/id533976433?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

OR | play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.cognable.lightbox

 

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