WVU Eye Institute to hold two summer camps for children with low vision and blindness

Camps to be held in Bridgeport and Cairo

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Eye Institute will provide children with low vision and blindness from across the state the opportunity to enjoy the fun of attending a summer camp while learning skills that will help them in their everyday lives.

The WVU Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program’s Summer Institutes will host children ages 5 to 16 who have low vision and blindness. The camps are staffed by members of the WVU Department of Ophthalmology, local teachers, counselors and high school volunteers. Twenty children attend each institute. There is no cost to campers.

Low vision is described as very limited sight that can interfere with a person’s ability to perform daily activities. Summer Institutes allow visually impaired children to receive direct instruction on skills including independent living, mobility and self-help in the setting of a traditional summer camp.

Activities are planned in the areas of cooking, Braille and crafts along with recreational and self-help skills.

Summer Institutes also provide an opportunity for students, parents and teachers from different counties to network and establish support systems.

The first institute will be held June 15 through 19 in Bridgeport at the Bridgeport United Methodist Church. The second, which is an overnight camp, will be held July 13 through 15 at North Bend State Park in Cairo (Ritchie County). Day campers are welcome to attend the Cairo camp as well.

To register for the Summer Institutes, download an application packet at http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/eye/pdfs/Application_Packet.pdf. Paula Lang with the WVU Eye Institute can also provide information by phone at 304-598-6965 or by e-mail at langp@wvuh.com.

Established in 1996, the Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program is a project that responds to individual needs of visually impaired children, teachers, parents and related professionals in West Virginia.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 06-01-09

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