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If you’re a kid with vision impairment, we know that there’s a lot you can and want to do. And, we’re here to help.
Check out these tips and info just for you.
You’ve made it this far with your education, and here at the VEC, we want to see you off to college — whether that’s a tech school, two-year, or four-year college.
The following websites provide scholarship opportunities for those who are visually impaired or blind:
You also can talk to your child’s OVR counselor to see what type of scholarship funding they offer.
Once you’ve finished your secondary education, share your success story with us.
The first thing to keep in mind is that many people don’t know what it’s like to live with impaired vision.
But you can help both others and yourself by letting them know what it’s like for you.
Here are some tips:
Parents or guardians — let them know exactly how you’re feeling today, or what kinds of stuff you’ve been thinking about. They want to know!
Doctors and nurses — it might seem like your parents do all the talking when you see your health care team. But they really want (and need!) to hear from you, too.
Tell them what’s new — if your vision has changed, even if it seems like a really small change. And always ask questions. They’re here for you.
Teachers — let them know:
Librarian — tell your librarian what interests you. They can help you find just about anything you may want to read or see.
They can also suggest books, movies, video games, and other things you might like.
Other kids — everyone is curious. When you make friends, they’ll have questions about you just like you’ll have questions about them.
What do you like? What don’t you like?
Your friends may ask about your vision, so be ready to answer. Is there a simple way to explain your diagnosis?
As you talk with other kids, you’ll likely find out you have a lot in common.
If you live in Pittsburgh or its suburbs, you can go to the Carnegie Library for the Blind for free! You can also ask them to mail materials to you.
Here’s what you’ll find at the library:
Have you thought of using your ears to play baseball? Beep baseball is quite popular.
Visually impaired players follow the different sounds of the beeping ball and beeping bases to get in the action.
You can use beep balls for:
And there’s also beep Frisbee®.
If you use your imagination, you don’t need a special ball that beeps.
For instance, a sighted person could stand near the basketball net and call out “beep.” You can follow the sound to make a shot.
Or, put any kind of ball in a plastic bag. When the ball moves, it will make noise that you can follow by ear.
People with impaired vision can “watch” movies and TV shows that use descriptive videos.
This means that the original audio (dialogue and music) is there, but you can also hear someone describing the scene. It lets you know what's happening in the movie, even though you may not be able to see the screen.
Movie theaters have special audio description headsets that you can ask for.
Other fun things to try with friends:
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
With myCHP, you can request appointments, review test results, and more.
For questions about a hospital bill call:
To pay your bill online, please visit UPMC's online bill payment system.
Interested in giving to Children's Hospital? Visit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation's website to make a donation online.