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Children’s Vision Outreach Program (CVRP)


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Mission Statement

CVRPTo provide comprehensive vision rehabilitation services to blind and visually impaired school aged children throughout the state of West Virginia regardless of their ability to pay. The goal of this program is to provide children with tools to become independent and employable by optimizing visual function both at home and school. CVRP's mission is to provide access to the visual environment for children with incurable vision loss through medical eye care, optical devices, assistive technology, educational recommendations and support to local school systems. In pursuit of these goals, a multi-disciplinary team of professionals trained in ophthalmology, optometry, orientation and mobility, occupational therapy and education execute a comprehensive evaluation, treatment plan and follow-up for each student.
 

CVRP Clinics

peopelThe Children's Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP) was established in 1996. CVRP is a "needs-based" program that responds to individual needs of visually impaired children, teachers, parents and related professionals in West Virginia. Clinical vision evaluations, teacher education and mentoring, parent assistance and support, site visitation/student follow-ups, summer camps, and a lending library for optical devices and technology are components that have been identified by teachers and parents that will assist in meeting these needs. The program serves school-aged children, parents, and professionals in the state of West Virginia. CVRP's staff consists of a Pediatric Ophthalmologist (Medical Director), Low Vision Education Specialist (Program Director), Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Low Vision Optometrist, Occupational Therapist, Assistive Technology Specialist, Program Coordinator and other administrative support staff. CVRP evaluated six children in the first year and now CVRP evaluates over 100 children per year throughout the state of West Virginia and continues to have a waiting list. The program continues to evolve with new projects based on the needs of the students. When teachers, parents or administrators need assistance, the State Department of Education refers them to CVRP.

2014 Clinic Schedule

PARKERSBURG
FEBRUARY 17
MONDAY
 
 
HUNTINGTON

FEBRUARY 18
TUESDAY

 
HUNTINGTON
FEBRUARY 19
WEDNESDAY
 
 
WINFIELD
FEBRUARY 20
THURSDAY
 
 
BECKLEY

FEBRUARY 21
FRIDAY
 
 
SUMMERSVILLE
FEBRUARY 22
SATURDAY


 

WHEELING

MARCH 17
MONDAY
 
 
MORGANTOWN MARCH 18
TUESDAY


 
CLARKSBURG

MARCH 19
WENDESDAY
 

 

CLARKSBURG
 

MARCH 20
THURSDAY
 
 

CLARKSBURG  CVI
 
MARCH 21
FRIDAY
 


 

To refer a student for evaluatrion, please email this link  CVRP OFFICE and include the preferred clinic date, student demographic information (address, date of birth, phone number) and in a paragraph format, please send educational information on your student, to include,
  • school the child attends
  • grade level
  • placement
  • reading medium
  • what support services the child receives (O&M, OT, PT, etc)
  • what can CVRP do for your student?


CRVP-Child-Information-Form (to be completed by the Parent/Guardian when referring a child for a clinic)


St. Lucia Program

st luciaCVRP was first introduced to Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association at the Vision '99 conference as a seminar topic, which addressed needs of the low vision students. A team from the WVU Eye Institute (CVRP) agreed to assess the needs of low vision students (ages 4-12) from St. Lucia and lead workshops (assessments, optics, orientation and mobility, occupational therapy and educational needs). Low vision is one aspect of Eye Health that needs to be addressed in St. Lucia. The World Health Organization (WHO) maintains that addressing low vision will be the greatest up-coming challenge in the eye-health world.

CVRP made its first mission trip to St. Lucia in November 2003 and returns annually. Children on the island received surgery, low vision evaluations, optical devices, glasses and interventions in the school settings. Medical and Educational professionals participated in training sessions. The team will return annually to follow-up on patients and new patients. The outcome of this program is to create a foundation and provide tools and materials to maintain this program in the absence of CVRP.

 

Mentor Program

The "Retain, Retrain and Recruit" program provides education, training, support and technical assistance in an effort to maintain and recruit quality professionals in the field. Vision professionals in a geographically challenged state such as WV are frequently isolated, with limited professional development and peer networking opportunities. This program would include but not be limited to educational seminars; literature-based resources, technical assistance, conferences and a website/list serve to access current vision related information.
 

Contact Us

For more information, or to make a tax deductible donation to the Children's Vision Rehabilitation program, please download our brochure or please feel free to download our _CVRP-At-A-Glance_

Contact Information:

Rebecca Coakley, M.A., CLVT
Program Director
Email: coakleyr@wvuhealthcare.com
Phone: (304) 598-6970
 

Paula Lang, M.A.
Program Coordinator
Email: langp@wvuhealthcare.com
Phone: (304) 598-6965
Fax: (304) 598-6928
 

Mailing Address:
WVU Eye Institute
PO Box 9193
1 Stadium Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506

 

Resources

WV State Department of Education Blind & Low Vision Website

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