Low Vision Clinic employee conducts vision exam on girl.

April 12, 2024

Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired announced today that it has been awarded 13 grants totaling $343,964 to support various programs and initiatives for children and adults who are blind or visually impaired (BVI).

Eight of the grants will support Clovernook Center programming for children and young adults, ages 3-21, including:

    • The Pediatric Low Vision Clinic: a partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center that works to enhance the use of remaining functional vision in children with permanent vision loss and provides access to the visual environment in the classroom, home and community.
    • Youth Adaptive Sports & Leisure Program: offers sports and activities – including tennis, skiing, rock climbing, bowling, art, music, etc. – that are adapted for BVI participants.
    • Summer Camps: typically held June – July, offer a variety of camps that empower children with blindness or low vision to grow into successful, independent adults.
    • The Resource Center & Lending Library: provides assistive technology such as iPads, magnifiers, etc. to anyone who has been to the Pediatric Low Vision Clinic to borrow and test out.

Grants to support youth programming have been provided by:

    • The Ettlinger Memorial Trust Fund – $121,600
    • The Charles H. Dater Foundation – $25,000
    • The Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation – $10,000
    • The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation – $35,000
    • The Erma A. Bantz Foundation – $25,000
    • Maxwell C. Weaver Foundation – $5,000
    • John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust – $49,276
    • Kentucky School for the Blind Foundation – $8,915
    • William P. Anderson Foundation – $6,000

Four additional grants will support Clovernook Center’s Arts & Accessibility Initiative – which provides accessible materials and experiences in museums, theatres and public spaces. Donors include:

    • Patricia Kisker Foundation – $25,000
    • Robert and Christine Steinmann – $13,173
    • The Sutphin Foundation – $15,000
    • Joseph J. Schott Foundation – $5,000

“We celebrate the generosity of our donors and the gratitude we have for them,” said Chris Faust, Clovernook Center president & CEO. “They are truly game changers – offering opportunities to help our clients thrive now and, in the years to come.”

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