Vision and Literacy

Purpose

Due to the number of children in need, an estimated 1 in 250 children are visually impaired, 1st Veterans Kids Care’s mission has expanded. In 2013 we created Youth Eyecare Services, (Y.E.S.) a program to identify and provide initial vision screening for school aged children.  The program has grown into a full Vision and Literacy Initiative that establishes and sustains a professional learning community focused on improving community member’s literacy starting with an emphasis on vision disparities and learning at home, in school and in the businesses.

Why Vision and Literacy Initiative? Eye-Opening Facts

  • 80% of learning in a child’s first 12 years comes through their eyes.
  • 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.
  • 78% of juvenile offenders in Dallas County had vision problems (summer 2008).
  • 56% had two or more vision problems.