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Vision to Learn Program

Poor eye sight is a problem affecting as many as 1.5 million children nationwide.  These children lack the glasses they need to see the board, read a book, study math, or participate in class.  This issue of untreated poor eyesight disproportionately affects children in low-income communities because of cost and the lack of access.  This is a problem that a new program in Delaware, called Vision to Learn, seeks to end by bringing doctors and glasses directly to schools. 


Established in 2012 by the Beutner Family Foundation, Vision To Learn has already helped more than 25,000 children in California, by providing them with free eye exams and free glasses.  Based on that success, the organization selected Delaware as the first state in a nationwide rollout.   "Delaware was chosen as the first state to launch VTL statewide because it’s size made it easier to replicate and the leadership of Senator Coons, Governor Markell and Frederika Jenner of DSEA in understanding and wanting to address the unmet need of the students" said Vision to Learn Regional Director, Tara Quinn.

On October 23rd, Austin Beutner, Vision To Learn Founder, was joined by Gov. Markell, U.S. Sen. Coons, and WNBS star and Delaware native, Elena Delle Donne to launch Vision To Learn. At the event, held at the Evan G. Shortlidge Academy in Wilmington, they helped distribute glasses to 35 school children.  They also rolled out Vision to Learn's Mobile Eye Clinic which will go to each school to give the eye exams.

Helping the program continue to move forward is the fact that effective in January, Delaware’s Medicaid program will be the first in the nation to provide statewide reimbursements for a portion of the cost of Vision To Learn’s services. In addition, the Delaware State Health Department will track and assist the 5-10% of children identified as having other health care needs. 

 "Members of the DSEA are partners in the mission of Vision to Learn.  It begins with the screening, ends with them making sure kids wear the glasses. Vision To Learn needs their talents as professionals, to work with kids and help the kids succeed in school and in life" Quinn stated. 

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