We support blind or visually impaired children and their families.

Our support focuses on providing the tools necessary to assist the children in acquiring the skills they need to gain independence and succeed in their academic training and life. Our program contains assistive technology equipment, educational toys, and adaptive aids to assist with this training. It includes a library equipped with large-print and Braille books, the Bertie and Selig Frank Playroom provides support specifically to infants and toddlers, and a technology room equipped with computers affixed with assistive/adaptive aids.

Programs & Services

A visually impaired toddler plays with wooden block toys.

Blind Baby & Toddler

Vibrant Works supports babies and toddlers who are blind and at risk for visual impairment and their families by offering safe play for learning, education, community connections, and other supportive services.

  • guided play targeted to enhance development in blind or at-risk babies and toddlers
  • connections to local specialists and services
  • coffee talks with topics of interest for parents
  • counseling
    parent-led support groups
A teacher shows a visually impaired teen how to use a device.

Transition to Work

The program provides high school students with special needs ages 16 to 22 years with vocational training and soft skills needed for employment. Our goal is to help students become more marketable when faced with competitive employment opportunities after graduation from the school system.

  • interpersonal skills training
  • time management, resume building
  • job interviewing skills
  • job seeking skills and use of adaptive aides.
  • hands-on simulation of various career opportunities such as housekeeping, janitorial, laundry service, food service, material handling, assembly, retail, basic bicycle repair, basic floral design, and warehouse.

Summer Work Skills

This program helps high school students who are vision impaired prepare for future employment.

  • work ethics
  • time management
  • Social skills
  • communication skills
  • grooming/hygiene
  • interacting with co-workers and supervisors
  • disability awareness
  • hands-on training

Job-seeking Training

Training is conducted by Vibrant Works certified employment specialists and staff.

Guest speakers present information on:
  • transportation
  • social security
  • college preparation
  • independent living skills

Emma Freeman Scholarship

The Emma Freeman College Scholarship Fund was established through the San Antonio Lighthouse in 1970 to afford students who are blind/visually impaired the opportunity to obtain a college education.

Scholarships are awarded annually in the spring and applicable to one year or two semesters.

Apply here
A teenage talks to two adults about career opportunities.

Need more information about children’s programs?

Call us at 210-531-1435 or Contact Us

Participants will receive take-home resources and have opportunities to participate in specialized workshops focused on the unique needs of blind and at-risk babies and toddlers.

Children & Youth Community Events

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Children & Youth Resources

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  • Division for Blind Services

    4204 Woodcock Drive, San Antonio, TX US

    Vocational Rehabilitation Program; Independent Living Rehabilitation Program; Business Enterprises of Texas Program; Transition Program; Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery & Development Program; Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC); Blindness Education, Screening & Treatment Program.

  • San Antonio Eye Bank – TBI

    8122 Datapoint Drive, San Antonio, TX US

    Provides corneas and other eye tissue for sight-restoring transplant surgery.

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  • VIATrans Public Transportation

    1021 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, TX US

    VIA Metropolitan Transit provides a variety of travel options and programs for its customers who have disabilities. Customers who are unable to use the fixed-route bus system because of a disability can be certified to use VIAtrans, VIA’s ADA paratransit transportation service.

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Our Purpose

The main goal of the program is focused on the state’s mandated nine areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC).

The nine areas consist of:
  • assistive technology
  • career education
  • compensatory skills
  • independent living skills
  • orientation and mobility skills
  • recreation and leisure
  • self-determination
  • sensory efficiency
  • social interaction skills
A father guides his visually impaired daughter to listen to the vibrations of the guitar while they play together.

In addition to these ECC focus areas; the program is expanding to include training with community partners.

Adult & Senior Programs

Adults & Seniors
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