Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency


"Not being able to see the stars, doesn't mean you can't reach for them."

For educational purposes, visual impairment is reduced visual ability that affects learning.  Visual impairment does not necessarily mean that your child is "blind".  A child may have difficulty seeing due to a problem in the eye itself, such as cataracts, glaucoma, or a retinal detachment.  Visual problems may also be caused by damage to the optic nerve.  In some cases, a child can have a healthy, normal eye and still have problems seeing because the brain does not understand the message sent from the eye.  This is cortical visual impairment or CVI.  If you do not understand the cause of your child's eye condition and visual impairment, please ask your eye doctor.

Your child may qualify for a variety of educational services starting as early as a newborn.  These services may be provided in your home, at your child's daycare, the local school or the Iowa Braille School.  To find out more about the educational programs and services, please contact:

Iowa Braille School
1002 G Ave.
Vinton, Iowa  52349

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