LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Having a child with sight issues can leave parents wondering what questions to ask and where to get help.
Taveon Ross’ mother Jasmine noticed his vision problems when he began holding things close to his face especially while watching television and playing with toys. She says he was never able to detect blue and green.
The cause of Taveon’s vision problems has not yet been determined. Early on, he received help at the First Steps program. Once he was old enough for pre-school his uncle Darren Harbour, who is also sight impaired, guided Taveon’s mom through the process to get him enrolled at Visually-Impaired Preschool Services or VIPS.
“Every morning we come to school and [I say] ‘what you going to do today?’ He’s always really, really excited to come to class and comes in with a big bang and hi,” Harbour said.
“Taveon is one of thousands of children with visual problems who’ve been helped at VIPS since the agency opened its doors more than 20 years ago.
VIPS has received funding from the Crusade since that first day.
“[The] Crusade has been there all along supporting us. A lot of donors don’t want to support teachers’ salaries but that’s our most important effort covered to provide a teacher for those parents so that they can learn to teach their children and work with their children until age 5,” Diane Nelson, VIPS Director said.
Taveon’s mom Jasmine says his reading and recognition of colors have improved.
Most importantly, she says she is learning techniques to help him work on his life skills outside of the classroom.