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.
2019 Clinic Schedule
Low Vision Clinics
April 22, 2019
April 23, 2019
September 16, 2019
September 17, 2019
September 18, 2019
September 19, 2019
September 20, 2019
October 28, 2019
October 29, 2019
October 30, 2019
April 24, 2019
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.
Upcoming Camp Opportunities
OVERNIGHT CAMP, FAYETTEVILLE, WV JUNE 4-6, 2019
Our 2019 Annual Overnight Summer Institute for teenagers is scheduled for June 4-6, 2019. This camp is intended for visually impaired students 8th -12th grade. The target population is visually impaired on an academic track that needs reinforcement in blind specific skills such as independent living, improving confidence and socialization. The students must be independent in the areas of mobilization.
The camp will be held in Fayetteville, WV. Drop off time is from 10 am -11 am Tuesday and pick up is 2:30 pm Thursday. You will need to provide you own transportation to and from the camp. Once you register, you will receive a letter with further details.
To sign up for a camp, please complete the application and return with all signed forms to: Paula Lang, WVU Eye Institute, CVRP, P.O. Box 9193, Morgantown, WV 26506 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 3, 2019. Hurry! Spaces are limited!
DAY CAMP, BRIDGEPORT, WV - JUNE 10-13, 2019
Our 2019 Annual Summer Institute is scheduled for June 10-13, 2019 at Bridgeport United Methodist Church, Bridgeport, WV. Camp is intended for visually impaired students attending students ages 3 (must be potty-trained) to 12. The target population is visually impaired on an academic track that needs reinforcement in blind specific skills such as Braille, orientation and mobility, and independent living.
As usual, fun activities are being planned to enhance skills in the areas of cooking, orientation and mobility, self-help, crafts, and recreation. We will also offer special programs and field trips during the week.
To sign up for a camp, please complete the application and return with all signed forms to: Paula Lang, WVU Eye Institute, CVRP, PO Box 9193, Morgantown, WV 26506.
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