WVU Eye Institute Receives Grant From New Foundation

Grant to sponsor delivery of Children’s Vision program in Wood County


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia’s premier center for vision care, the West Virginia University Eye Institute, received one of the first grants awarded by the newly formed Ross Foundation based in Parkersburg, W.Va. 

The Ross Foundation awarded the WVU Eye Institute a $20,250 grant to deliver one of its outreach programs, the Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project (CVRP), to youth in the Wood County region later this year. “We are very honored and thankful to be one of the Ross Foundation’s very first grant recipients. Their investment in CVRP will allow us to assist children with visual impairments in the Wood County region with the tools to become independent and successful in their academic and lifelong endeavors,” said Terry Schwartz, M.D., CVRP’s medical director. 

CVRP was initiated in 1996 through a small grant from the West Virginia Lions. Since its creation, CVRP has established two main ongoing projects offered to children and youth (K-12 grade) with visual impairments. CVRP Clinics are held in multiple locations throughout West Virginia to assist children with educational assessment and improvement and CVRP’s Summer Institutes are held in select regions in West Virginia for overall visual disability assistance. 

The Ross Foundation’s grant will provide scholarship assistance to children to attend a CVRP Clinic and Summer Institute that will take place this coming spring and summer in the Parkersburg area. “As a new foundation, one of our commitments to the communities that we service is to provide assistance to people with disabilities. The CVRP program is a good fit for that form of assistance,” said Tres Ross, executive director of the Ross Foundation.  

Those children and youth from Doddridge, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie and Wood counties are eligible to receive the Ross Foundation’s scholarship assistance.  The Clinics provide an evaluation of children with vision loss or limitations and assistance to improving their home and education environments.  The Summer Institutes are a week-long camp experience for children who have significant vision limitations or are completely blind to receive direct instruction on specific skills to live full and productive lives. 

CVRP is the only program of its kind in West Virginia and one of only a handful of programs offered nationwide that is based on the needs of visually impaired students.   The program is one that is focused on results based outcomes that provide long term assistance and solutions for school age children with visual disabilities to live full and productive lives.

For more information about CVRP and its Summer Institutes and Clinics, please call 304-598-6965. 

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Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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