Children's Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP)
To 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.
The 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), Low Vision Education Specialist (Program Coordinator), Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Occupational Therapist, Assistive Technology Specialist, 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.
2016 Fall Clinic Schedule
September - Southern WV
Tuesday, September 6, 2016Winfield, WV
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Friday, September 9, 2016
November - Northern WV
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016
To refer a student for evaluation, please email the 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
- reading medium
- what support services the child receives (O&M, OT, PT, etc)
- what can CVRP do for your student?
CVRP Child Information Form (to be completed by the Parent/Guardian when referring a child for a clinic)
The Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program’s Summer Institute provides a forum for children of the visually impaired to receive direct instruction on specific skills (i.e. braille, independent living, assistive technology, orientation and mobility and self help skills). Throughout the school year, teachers are focused on subject content and keeping the child current in academics in the regular classroom. Some of the specific skill may not be addressed, thus creating a need for the institute to address specific skills the children would not get during the school year.
St. Lucia Program
CVRP 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.
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.
For more information, please download our brochure.
Rebecca Coakley, M.A., CLVT
Phone: (304) 598-6970
Paula Lang, M.A., CLVT
Low Vision Education Specialist
Phone: (304) 598-6965
Fax: (304) 598-6928
WVU Eye Institute
PO Box 9193
1 Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506