Opening Doors Program

Mission Statement:

The Mission of Opening Doors is to provide support to families of infants and toddlers who are blind or visually impaired, to assist them in making informed decisions on behalf of their child, and to provide information on their child based on observation and assessment.


Don't Miss This Year's 2022 ISVI Opening Doors Program!

Register Now

Registration is now opening for the Illinois School f/t Visually Impaired's 2022 Opening Doors/Parent Infant program. This year's event will include two in-person dates and four online webinars, June 4th-10th. We are looking forward to getting together with you again! Please help spread the word!

Save the Dates!

When: Saturday June 4, 2022 - In-person
Where - Bloomington/Normal: Heartland Church: 1811 N. Linden Church Road, Normal, IL 61761
When: 8:30-2:00pm
Tentative Topics - Ask the Doctor, Guide Dogs, Make-it-Take-it

When: Monday June 6 - 9, 2022 - Virtual
Where - Zoom Online
When - 6:30-8:00pm (each evening)
Tentative Topics - Feeding, Activities of Daily Living, Orientation and Mobility, Expanded Core Curriculum

When: Friday June 10, 2022 - In-person
Where - ISVI Campus - 658 East State St. Jacksonville, IL 62650
When - 8:30-2:00pm
Tentative Topics- CVI, Ocular Visual Impairments, Resource and Networking that includes braille, switch toys, adapted activities, and make-it-take-it.

Lunch will be provided for both in-person dates!

This year's educational resource bags can be picked up in person at one of the in-person dates! Two names will be drawn each session for those who attend via Zoom. A children's "story box" will be included along with many other items!

Parents, caregivers, and providers are encouraged to attend.  Early Intervention and Professional development credit will be offered. 

Contact Michelle Clark at michelle.clark@illinois.gov with any questions you may have!


What is Opening Doors?

Baby playing in front of mirror.

  • The Opening Doors conference is a multi-day event for parents/guardians and their children with visual impairment age birth to five.

Who Should Attend?

  • Illinois parents or guardians and their children with visual impairments and additional disabilities who are 5 years old or younger.

Program Goal Statements:

  1. To provide parents with information and resources on issues related to young children with visual impairments
  2. To provide parents with opportunities to interact with other parents raising children with visual impairments
  3. To provide the opportunity for participants to gain information specific to their child
  4. To provide children an opportunity to interact with peers

Doors to Education Session Topics: (Tentative)

  • Orientation and Mobility I and II
  • Early Literacy including Braille
  • Sports & Adapted P.E.
  • Medical Eye Conditions
  • Ask the Doctor
  • Cortical Visual Impairment
  • Expanded Core Curriculum
  • Transition from Early Intervention
  • Panel Discussions
  • Speech & Language
  • Friendships and Children
  • Advocacy
  • Sensory Processing
  • Tips for Tactual Awareness
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Eating/Feeding Skills

Doors to Exploration

  • Choice of break out sessions/topics
  • Small child classroom groupings with an Educator
  • Consultation available in Functional Vision and Orientation & Mobility
  • Each family assigned to a Developmental Therapist-Vision as a Case Manager for the event
  • ISVI Campus tours available
  • Evening child care and recreational programs
  • Day/Evening workshops and group discussions for parents
  • Programming for siblings ages 5 and under on limited basis
  • Parent Networking Opportunities

For further information, please contact:

Michelle Clark
Illinois School for the Visually Impaired
658 E. State Street
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
Voice: (217) 479-4414
Fax: (217) 479-4412
E-mail: michelle.clark@illinois.gov