Local Resources

First Steps of Kentucky

First Steps is a statewide early intervention system which provides services to children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 3 and their families. First Steps is Kentucky’s response to the federal Infant-Toddler Program (ITP) established by Public Law 99-457 Part C. First Steps offers comprehensive services through coordination with a variety of community agencies and service disciplines. First Steps is administered by the Department for Public Health in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

First Steps of Indiana

Indiana First Steps’ goal is to provide a family-centered, comprehensive, coordinated, neighborhood-based system of services for families of infants and toddlers with disabilities.

Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation

The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation is a charitable non-profit organized by the Lions of Kentucky. (501-c-3) Their mission is to prevent and cure blindness by supporting eye research, operating eye clinics and screenings and eye banks.

The Kentucky School for the Blind

The Kentucky School for the Blind is a public school serving K-12 students who are blind and visually impaired. The mission of the Kentucky School for the Blind is to provide comprehensive educational services to all Kentucky students who are blind.

The Louisville Free Public Library
The Louisville Free Public Library offers the following services to blind and visually impaired patrons.

o Free training on all software and hardware for blind and visually impaired patrons, teachers, parents, and students.
o Help with accessible materials. For instance: Sally needs three magazine articles, one encyclopedia article, and a newspaper article on George Bush in Braille. Materials can be produced in large print with no problem as well. These same materials could be emailed or mailed via the Post Office on diskette.
o Telephone reference. The library provides telephone reference services for those visually impaired patrons with transportation problems and difficulty in getting access to reference tools after school hours.
o Outreach to organizations and to schools attended by visually impaired and blind students.
o The Library can serve as meeting place for technology users groups to share the specialized information needed to effectively use adaptive technology.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Inc.

The Mission of Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Inc. (VIPS) is to offer services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are visually impaired or blind and to their families; to maximize each child’s development potential through direct services, advocacy, and community education.

VIPS staff includes certified teachers who specialize in early childhood education, visual impairment, O&M, and special education. VIPS is lead by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, who are professionals in the field of visual impairment, medical professionals, community and business leaders, representatives of consumer groups of the blind, and VIPS parents.