School for the Visually Impaired
ISVI Happenings - July 2012
Dates to Remember: August 19: Registration Day, August 20: First Day of Classes
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The Illinois School for the Visually Impaired provides quality comprehensive instruction specifically designed for visually impaired students in Illinois.
Opening Doors 2012
The twenty-ninth annual Parent/Infant Institute called "Opening Doors" was held June 6 – 9, 2012 on the ISVI campus. Twenty-one families of children age birth to five with vision loss attended. The parents attended informational sessions on topics such as early literacy, sports for children with vision loss, dining and sleep issues and orientation and mobility. Many ISVI staff gave presentations to share their knowledge and experience. While the parents were in sessions the children were in small classroom settings where they participated in developmentally appropriate activities and social interaction. Staff from ISVI and other experts in the field of vision from around Illinois completed evaluations of individual children.
A special presentation was given by Mr. Kevin O'Conner who is an author, motivational speaker and father of an adult with vision impairment. Other speakers included: Kelsey Thompson, a successful young adult with vision loss, Nancy Birkenmeier, Sleep Specialist with the St. Luke's Sleep Medicine and Research Center in St. Louis and Dr. Michael Zost, an Optometrist from Chicago.
In addition to gaining valuable knowledge the parents enjoyed networking with other parents of children with vision loss. Many say that they develop lasting friendships with fellow parents while at Opening Doors.
(There are photos of children with smiles on their faces enjoying activities at Opening Doors. Another photo shows a young boy walking with his cane outside of the dorm.)
Summer Camp 2012- "Go for the Gold"
This year summer camp had an Olympic theme and it offered three choices for campers. The choices were: Young Explorers, STEM (Science- technology-engineering-math) and Sports/Rec. The students enjoyed the learning opportunities, the social opportunities, the physical challenges and the recreation activities. The week was filled with assorted activities! On the final day of camp the students presented a program which was followed by lunch in the ISVI Dining Hall. A detailed report about the 2012 summer camp will soon be posted on the ISVI website at www.isvi.net .
(A group of five campers are shown playing in the ISVI swimming pool.)
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