Skill Training Offered to Children with Low Vision

WVU Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project to host Summer Institutes

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Children with low vision will interact while learning new skills during the West Virginia University Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project’s Summer Institutes.

CVRP hosts two annual Summer Institutes for children ages 6 to 13 years old.  The first institute takes place July 16-20 in Bridgeport, W.Va., at the Bridgeport United Methodist Church.   The second institute takes place at the Grace Baptist Church in Parkersburg, W.Va., from July 23 -26.  

 A CVRP camper takes place in a rock climbing challenge during the 2006 Summer Institute.

Low vision describes very limited sight that can interfere with a person’s ability to perform daily activities.   Summer Institutes provide a forum for visually impaired children to receive direct instruction on specific skills including independent living, assistive technology, orientation, mobility and self-help.

In addition to the other skills, participants will receive training in Braille reading.  Children with low vision face special challenges in school, where great emphasis is placed on learning through printed material.

“Summer Institutes are an excellent opportunity for students, parents and teachers to network and establish support systems,” said Paula Lang, CVRP program coordinator.  

Each summer institute is free of charge and hosts twenty children.  Registration for the Bridgeport institute is full but spots are still available for the Parkersburg section.

 The CVRP, a program of the WVU Eye Institute, was established in 1996 to respond to individual needs of visually impaired children, teachers, parents and related professionals in West Virginia.

For additional information, contact Becky Coakley at (304) 288-5563 or visit www.wvueye.com.

 Children attending CVRP Summer Institute are involved in educational and athletic activities.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
cw: 07-13-07

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