Children's Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP)

The Children's Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP) was established in 1996. CVRP is a "needs-based" program that responds to the 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, Program Director, Low Vision Education Specialist, 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 more than 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.

Mission Statement

Our mission is 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 at 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.