WVU Eye Institute receives grant for Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A West Virginia University Eye Institute outreach program that assists children suffering from visual impairments in rural West Virginia is getting a $79,790 grant from the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.

Established in 1996, the Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP) provides West Virginia school-aged children with incurable vision loss access to a visual environment.

“This grant will cover five essential areas of our project,” Rebecca Coakley, CVRP director, said. “It will mean that blind and visually impaired children will have evaluation, devices, technology and social interaction opportunities that will ultimately lead to a more independent and employable adult. With the generous support of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, blind and visually impaired children in its geographical region can compete with sighted peers with the use of devices, technology and interventions.”

The CVRP plans to use the grant money to help develop two clinics which will provide specific information needed to build a successful educational plan, optical devices and follow-up support on how to use the devices.  All eligible students from Boone, Kanawha, Putnam, Clay, Lincoln and Fayette counties will be given the opportunity to attend the clinics.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, established in 1962, helps individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits by creating charitable funds, each with their own philanthropic purpose, and providing grants to nonprofits that meet the needs of the community. The Greater Kanawha Valley area encompasses the six counties listed above.  

“The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is interested in organizations such as the CVRP that have projects that fit within the Foundation’s mission and vision,” Sheri Ryder, senior program officer for the Foundation, said. “The CVRP has shown evidence that is well known within the Foundation’s service area and that it serves an important existing need.  The CVRP also has shown a history of funding by other sources, whether governmental or private, to help establish its credibility.”  

To find out more about the CVRP, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/Eye/Child-Vision-Rehab.

The grant was made in conjunction with “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University.” The $750-million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.


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