Started in 1985, VIPS was the first and continues to be the only agency in Kentucky and Southern Indiana specifically dedicated to meeting the early intervention needs of visually impaired preschoolers and their families. VIPS provides direct in-home early intervention services, intervention and consultation to local school districts and preschools, a variety of parent support and education services, and outreach to families across Kentucky and Indiana. In addition, VIPS operates a full-time preschool in Louisville for children ages 2-5 who are blind and visually impaired. Fall 2016, VIPS-Central Kentucky will be collaborating with the Lexington Hearing & speech Center to provide preschool services.
Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) is the only agency in Kentucky or Indiana
that provides early intervention and educational services to children of
blindness who are between birth and age five. VIPS provides direct
in-home services and center-based programs, including a full-time preschool,
weekly toddler and infant programs and summer sessions. VIPS also
provides parents and caregivers with support through education to understand
their child’s diagnosis, tools to teach their children in alternate ways and
empowerment to advocate on behalf of their child.
By accompanying teachers on school and home visits and observing our on-site preschool, 2 Year Twos class and Play and Learn sessions, I have spent my inaugural year witnessing first- hand the changes VIPS makes in the lives of these young children and their families. One of our children started in our preschool program around the same time as I began my career at VIPS and I would like to share his story of success. This three year old was sent to VIPS from foster care with little to no socialization skills, speaking in very inappropriate language and acting out violently. We were his last resort before being sent to an isolated “behavioral disorder” class. His VIPS preschool teacher assured me that he was acting out of fear of the unknown, and once he learned how to assess, identify and feel comfortable in the environment around him that things would change. Just 14 months later, this young 4 year old boy charms all that come in contact with him. He volunteers to lead the class line to lunch, can’t wait to participate in Thursday tap dance class, takes great pride in his art projects and has a hug ready when his other classmates arrive in the morning. He is preparing for transition to kindergarten and will easily adapt to the mainstream environment because of the skills he has developed through educational experiences at VIPS. Multiply this story by the close to 300 children we serve throughout Kentucky and Indiana each year and feel a sense of pride in what your generous support accomplishes. We are facing another tough economic year, but our goal of preparing visually impaired children for brighter futures will keep us on task. Please join us again in support of this important work!
The Officers of the corporation shall serve for a term of one year. The Officers shall begin serving their terms on July 1. An Officer may serve no more than two consecutive terms in the same office, other than the Treasurer. The Treasurer can serve up to six years.
The term of office shall be three years. Directors shall be elected in the manner as set out in the Article of these By-Laws pertaining to elections.
Directors may serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms. The Immediate Past President shall continue on the Board for at least one year following his/her term as president. If his/her term as an elected member of the Board does not cover this additional year, that person shall serve as an ex-officio member for that year.
Prior to coming to VIPS in October of 2008, Diane Nelson had been with the Buddeke Co. for 30 years. She served as Vice President of Administration and Finance for the past 20 years. She earned her BA in Business Administration and her MBA (2004) from the University of Louisville. Ms. Nelson has been recognized repeatedly as an emerging leader in the Louisville community. She has an extensive record of volunteering in Louisville and has served on committees to raise funds and organize events for the City of Louisville, Easter Seals, Dare to Care, Louisville Zoo, Kosair Children’s Hospital, American Red Cross, Kentucky Derby Festival and many, many other worthy organizations.
Prior to coming to Visually Impaired Preschool Services, (VIPS), Kim Shippey had her own business doing bookkeeping and payroll for several small businesses. Ms. Shippey had also been a Primary Services Coordinator for First Steps, working with about 20 families in Jefferson County. She became involved with First Steps as a Mom, when her daughter was diagnosed with speech delays. Previously, she was Director of Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund at the Presbyterian Seminary.
Each week, VIPS teacher does activities to help
vision. She uses a variety of toys to help Madelyn maintain visual interest.
The parents report their teacher has helped them understand Madelyn’s
condition and how it affects learning. Madelyn has made great strides and
now sees her teacher once a month. As she learns to walk, the family and VIPS teacher will focus on safe travel skills through their Orientation &
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Copyright © 2014 Blue Grass Community Foundation
499 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507