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Children's Services

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The Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers Children’s Services which is designed to help kids from birth to 21 years of age and their families to obtain and gain new knowledge about resources and services available in Bucks County. The children service's department promotes personal growth and independence by providing children with life skill classes, social and recreation activities, support groups, assistive technology and low vision evaluations from our Low Vision Clinic. Children’s Services will also give families the opportunity to connect and support each other by sharing their personal experience and understanding. BCABVI is here to assist you and your child by teaching you how to advocate and make the best decision for your family.


We have created a club for children who enjoy being active and exploring new hobbies called Kids Unlimited. This club will give children numerous opportunities throughout the year to pursue new interests, make friends, and step outside their comfort zone through group trips and activities that are adapted to accommodate their needs. Being the only club in Bucks County for children who are blind or visually impaired; Kids Unlimited allows children to boost their self-confidence, increase their independence, and empower themselves while having fun. To learn more about Kids Unlimited please contact Meghan Sharman, Children's Services Coordinator at 215-968-9400 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Goals of Children’s Services & Kids Unlimited:

• Provide knowledge and information to children and their family

• Increased indepdence and self-confidence

• Empowerment

• Stepping out of one’s comfort zone

• Encourage children to pursue interests and hobbies

• Promote community integration

• Family support

• HAVE FUN!

Examples of Trips & Activities:

• Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing

• Rock Climbing

• Ropes Course

• Hayride

• Roller Skating

• Museum Tours

• Park Days

• Rent out a Movie Theater

• Dining in the Dark


Family Resource Guide

BCABVI’s Family Resource Guide provides general information about services, resources, technology and contacts that are available in Bucks County. While every piece of information may not apply to your situation, the guide will help you identify what your child may need and offer options to create the right combination of supports to assist with your child’s specific challenges. In addition, the guide offers a structured format that can be used by families to keep organized records of contacts, forms and plans that are developed for your child.

To download or print the resources guide, click the link below.

BCABVI Family Resource Guide

 

Preschool Prevention of Blindness Program


Little children do not know how well they should be able to see, therefore, they cannot express any ocular difficulties they may be experiencing. With early intervention and proper medical treatment vision problems in children ages 3-5 can often be corrected or addressed so as to have minimal impact on the child’s functioning.

BCABVI conducts Pre-School Vision Screening Programs to locate, at the earliest possible age, children who may have ocular problems. We work with over 85 preschools in Bucks County to screen over 3,400 children annually.

Children are screened for near and distance acuity by a trained vision screener. The near visual acuity is used to test clearness of close vision, focusing problems and hyperopia. Far/Distance visual acuity is used to test for amblyopia or myopia.

Screenings are completed using new software called EyeSpy 20/20™ . It is a video game that takes a child on a virtual treasure hunt during which they may wear eye patches or a pair of colored glasses. Designed to make the vision screenings fun, it uses intelligent software protocols that measure the child’s responses to customize the testing in real time. The result is a vision screening assessment that mimics the results of a trained specialist even when administered by a parent or untrained volunteers.

If a child shows symptoms of vision problems, they are referred for a complete eye examination and medical treatment so they may begin their formal education with the best possible sight.

In addition to the vision screenings, BCABVI provides educational programs for 3-5 year old preschool children on various issues related to eye health and safety.

For more information on Preschool Vision Screenings or to schedule screenings at your preschool, please contact our Vision Screeners:

Lower Bucks County; Karen Kossar email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Upper Bucks County; Iris Gold email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

or call us at 215-968-9400

Last Updated on 03 November 2016