Vision & Literacy

Vision and Literacy Initiative


First Veterans Resource and Transitional Center  

Our aim is to identify students with visual impairments, eliminating or correcting them and promoting literacy through the Youth Eycecare Services (Y.E.S.) Vision & Literacy Initiative.


 Y.E.S.  knows how important it is for our children and families to receive services that enables and empowers them with the skills and resources that they can use to achieve a better quality of life. Our vision is to be the best in identifying children with visual impairments, eliminating or correcting them and promoting literacy through outreach efforts, community partnerships and rehabilitative services.

Y.E.S has a viable way to provide vision evaluations and initial screening for children and community members and make available a wide assortment of affordable eye wear products.



What are the barriers to vision care for children?

Financial: Many families do not have vision insurance and cannot afford to take their child to see an eye care professional or pay for glasses

Logistical: Logistical issues include transportation to the doctor’s office, childcare for other family members, and taking time off work, especially when the caretaker works in a low-skilled job for an hourly wage.

Vision care is not a priority: In some cases, families view vision care as an expense that can be deferred. In other cases, parents simply do not believe their child has a vision problem.


Consequences of Untreated Vision Problems in Children: Education, Literacy, and Social Issues

Children with undiagnosed and untreated vision problems grow up to become adults with undiagnosed and untreated vision problems. The failure to detect and treat vision disorders in children affects, among other things, such issues as childhood development, learning performance, self-esteem, social-emotional behavior, academic achievement, high school drop-out rates, and juvenile delinquency. From the standpoint of society in general, the failure to detect and treat children’s vision disorders affects the rates of adult criminality, literacy, and labor productivity.


The Link Between Undetected and Untreated Vision Problems, Literacy, and Incarceration


Vision problems can lead to inadequate academic performance in school, self-esteem issues with attendant emotional components and, when triggered by other factors, antisocial behavior.34 In the United States, the incarceration of juvenile and adult offenders is continually increasing in numbers and cost. At the beginning of 2008, the total inmate count at state, federal, and local jails stood at 2,319,258 people in the U.S. With the number of adults in the U.S. numbering 230 million, the incarceration rate is one in every 99.1 adults.35





Why is the Y.E.S. Vision and Literacy initiative needed?

Consequences of untreated vision according to the CDC are:

  • 25% of all school children in the US have a vision problem significant enough to affect learning

  • 90% of children who need glasses do not have them.

  • 44% of parents are not aware that behavioral problems can be an indication that a child’s vision is impaired.

  • 25% of school age children in the US have a vision problem.

  • 70% of juvenile delinquents have a vision issue.

  • 80% of children diagnosed with a learning disability have an undiagnosed vision problem.

  • 10% of children in the 9 to 15-year age group of the children who need eyeglasses actually have them.


Implementation Strategy:

           Implement a plan to improve student performance

           Establish an impact strategy for students at-risk of dropping out.

           Help communities avert the High School Dropout Crisis.

           Enhance student’s performance and success by providing a vision solution.


What we do-

  • Provide vision evaluations and initial screening for children and community members and make available a wide assortment of vision solutions and eye wear products. The four steps of our program are:

  • Identify the problem members of our communities have by conducting vision screenings. Improving the quality of vision screenings so fewer people with vision problems slip through the cracks.

  • Arranging eye exams- Having eye care specialist who will provide eye exams for those who need them

  • Providing complete set of glasses- Providing eye exams and eyeglasses to people who could not get them otherwise.

  •  Providing follow up material about vision care, literacy. Educating parents and communities about the importance of vision care and the role it plays in literacy, society, and the economy.

Y.E.S. has a long-standing history of supporting literacy initiatives encouraging everyone to promise to care for their eyes, and in turn, also help children in need. The Vision and Literacy Initiative is a great way to get parents, children and teachers thinking about the important connection between healthy vision and reading and learning.


The future Eye Care Bus


The fully operational the Y.E.S. Mobile Vision Bus will travel with certified doctors on board who will provide comprehensive vision exams and prescription glasses to children and members of the community at no charge.

If you’d like to get involved, click Here or express your interest to A member of F.V.R.T.C team will be in touch shortly.