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VRCBVI 2021 LIFE “Learning Independence, Feeling Empowered!” Program Application

Dear LIFE 2021 Applicant and Family:

Thank you for your interest in the LIFE summer program at the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (“VRCBVI”). We are excited to offer an interactive blindness skills training program, a real-world work experience, and vibrant confidence building activities this summer.

Requirements to participate in the 2021 LIFE Program: If you meet the following requirements, please complete and submit the application packet to VRCBVI. By submitting an application, you acknowledge that you meet all required criteria.

Applicants must:
• Be able to actively participate in all five weeks of the program (unless returning to school)
• Be between 14 and 18 years old and be returning to a high school academic program in the fall of 2021 (14 years old on or before July 11 and must not turn 19 years old before August 13)
• Be blind or vision impaired and interested in acquiring blindness skills
• Be able to participate in group structured classes and activities
• Be able to take care of personal care needs independently, including managing and self-administering medications
• Have a valid government issued photo ID
• Have an open or be willing to open a Vocational Rehabilitation case with DBVI

Application Check List:
All applications must include the following documents: (Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be considered.)
1) VRCBVI LIFE 2021 Student Application form (see below)
2) DBVI Health Checklist/General Medical Examination completed by a medical professional and dated no more than one year prior to the LIFE application deadline date of May 8, 2021. If a student attended a summer program at VRCBVI in the past the health form submitted for that program is acceptable, provided the parent(s) submit a statement that the student’s 2021 health information has not changed and the form is still accurate.
3) DBVI Eye Exam Report completed by a medical professional and dated no more than one year prior to the LIFE application deadline date of May 8, 2021. If a student attended a summer program at VRCBVI in the past, the eye report form submitted for that program is acceptable, provided the parent(s) submit a statement that the student’s 2021 Eye Exam Report information has not changed and the form is still accurate.
4) Copy of the student’s current IEP

Acceptance Status: After the application deadline, May 8, 2021, all complete applications will be reviewed. All applicants will be notified by May 29, 2021 of their acceptance status. A maximum of 15 applicants will be accepted to the 2021 LIFE Program. If the applicant is accepted into the program, we will send you a VRCBVI LIFE Welcome Packet which includes liability waivers and activity forms that you will be required to complete, sign and return to VRCBVI. The return deadline for forms and waivers will be provided in the LIFE Welcome Packet.

If, after the applicant has been accepted into the 2021 LIFE program, he/she decides to cancel participation, please contact Amy Phelps, Assistant Director for Instruction at 804-371-3052 or Amy.Phelps@dbvi.virginia.gov so that students who are on the waiting list can be scheduled.

Important Information to Remember:

Deadline for Application: May 8, 2021. NO APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021 LIFE PROGRAM WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE. Only complete applications will be considered.

Dates of Program: The five week program begins Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 1:00, and will end on Friday, August 13, 2021, at noon.

Attendance Requirements: Because this program is short and concentrated, we require that students who are accepted attend all five weeks. The only exception to this requirement is for students who are starting back to school during the last week of the LIFE program. If this is the case for the applicant, please attach documentation of when the student will be starting school.
All students must participate in weekday classes (8:15 - 5:00) and evening (6:00 p.m. - 8:00/9:00 p.m.) and Saturday confidence building activities.

Additional questions: For additional information about the LIFE Program, or to participate in a LIFE Program FAQ session (6pm to 7pm on March 2 or April 1) please contact Amy Phelps by phone (804-371-3052) or email Amy.phelps@dbvi.virginia.gov or refer to the flyer on our website, VRCBVI LIFE. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Brooke Rogers, Assistant Director for Administration, at (804) 371-3151, or by email at Brooke.Rogers@dbvi.virginia.gov.

**If the 2021 LIFE Program is unable to proceed in-person, it will take place virtually. Parents and students will be notified as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to a great summer! Hope to see you soon!

Amy Phelps, Assistant Director for Instruction
Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind & Vision Impaired
401 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227
Phone: (804) 371-3052
Fax: (804) 371-3092
Facebook: VDBVI
Website: VRCBVI
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LIFE 2021 Student Application
Student Information
Student’s First Name:
Student's Middle Initial:
Student's Last Name:
Grade ('21-'22 academic year):
Date of birth:
Will the student be able to attend all 5 weeks of the program?
If you answered "no" above, please explain below:
Mailing Address (please include street, city, state and zip code):
Physical Address (if different from mailing address):
Student’s cell number (if the student does not have a cell phone, please enter N/A):
Student’s email address (this is the email address we will use to communicate with the student during the program if he/she is accepted - please ensure this is the student's email address and not the parent's - if the student does not have an email address, please enter N/A):
Cause of blindness:
Visual acuity:
Field of vision:
Describe any adjustment to blindness issues:
Has the student ever attended a summer training program? If so, please list the program(s) and date(s) of attendance.
Parent / Guardian Information
Parent/Legal Guardian Name(s):
Parent/Legal Guardian Address:
Parent/Legal Guardian Phone (Cell #1):
Parent/Legal Guardian Phone (Cell #2):
Parent/Legal Guardian Phone (Home):
Parent/Legal Guardian Phone (Work):
Parent/Legal Guardian email address:
Best time of day to contact:
Best person and number to contact (cell, home or work):
Street crossing
Student Medical Information
Does the student have other disabilities in addition to blindness?
If yes, list other disabilities here:
Does the student have any psychological or emotional disabilities?
If yes, briefly describe the psychological and/ or emotional issues:
Specify any special socialization needs, if none, type N/A:
Does the student have any physical limitations or activity restrictions?
If yes, briefly describe physical limitations or activity restrictions:
Does the student have diabetes?
Diabetes plan
If yes, please check all that apply about the student's diabetes management plan:
Does the student have any other chronic medical condition(s) that require a management plan, such as asthma, migraine disorder, seizure disorder, anxiety, etc.?
If yes, please list the chronic medical diagnosis and the established prevention plan (such as: uses an inhaler with exertion, requires extra time to orient to new situations, requires rest in a quiet room when experiencing migraine symptoms, needs to stay hydrated to prevent seizures, etc):
If needed, please list any further medical information here (such as: student currently has a foot ulcer that is healing, student will need to come home for a needed medical appointment during LIFE, etc.)
List all of the student's medication allergies, food allergies and environmental allergies, including the allergic response (i.e. trouble breathing, rash). If no known allergies, enter N/A.
List all prescription and over-the-counter medications student is currently taking, including the dosage, the time of administration, and the reason for the medication (if student takes no medications enter N/A):
Medication Management Plan
VRCBVI uses an empowerment model of training and does not have any medical staff. Additionally, the focus of the LIFE Program is to promote independence. Therefore, VRCBVI staff cannot administer any prescription or over-the-counter medications. Instead, the student must self-administer all medications. Please describe the medication management plan for the student while attending the LIFE program (select all that apply):
If needed, please list any additional, pertinent information about student's medication administration here:
Please choose "yes" to indicate that you understand and agree to the following:

1. student will bring all prescription and over-the-counter medications in the original bottle or container, taking into consideration headaches, cold/allergy symptoms and commonly occurring aches and pains
2. student will bring enough medication for the entire length of the LIFE program, or will have a plan established to ensure student receives any needed refills
3. student will bring all needed medical supplies, such as diabetes supplies, cpap machine, walker, etc.
Does the student have any medically-prescribed dietary needs, such as renal diet, celiac diet?
Please describe any dietary needs below:
Special accommodations
Are special accommodations needed?
If you requested deafblind accommodations above, please list them here:
Additional Student Information
Does the student have an open case with the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)?
If yes, please provide the rehabilitation counselor’s or education coordinator’s name here:
What are the student’s goals for attending the LIFE program?
What does the student enjoy doing in his/her free time?
Please list jobs the student would be interested in doing:
Does the student have any previous work experience?
If yes, list employer(s) and types of jobs performed.
Is there anything else the student wants VRCBVI staff to know?
Emergency Contact Information
Emergency contact name, phone number and relationship to student:
Emergency contact address:
If the student is dismissed from VRCBVI or during any emergency closing, the student must be picked up within 8 hours and will return to the following address (if different from above):
If you are student’s legal guardian, do you have a copy of the court documents demonstrating that?
If yes, please fax a copy of the legal guardianship court order to VRCBVI at (804) 371-3092.

If no, please explain:
If the parents have joint custody, please fax the court custodial order to VRCBVI, Attention: Brooke Rogers at (804) 371-3092.

If the student’s parents have joint custody of the student, all forms and documentation pertaining to the LIFE program must be signed by both parents.
______ and ______ have joint legal custody of student. (please provide names)
I have sole legal custody of applicant (please provide name):
Applicant’s Signature:
Custodial Parent/Legal Guardian #1 Signature:
Custodial Parent/Legal Guardian #2 Signature:
Student Learning Contract

VRCBVI LIFE 2021 promises to be a worthwhile experience for students who take advantage of the opportunities offered. To maximize learning, we have identified expectations to ensure a safe, productive summer. We ask that parents and students review the following.

Students will:
1. Never leave the facility without an adult (parent, approved family/friends, or staff).
2. Be responsible for telling the Center Case Manager or Administration about any problems.
3. Treat all students and staff with courtesy and respect.
4. Only gather with other students in approved common areas.
5. Use a cane at all times.
6. Understand that he or she will be using sleepshades as a learning tool during classes and occasionally during evening and weekend activities, as requested.
7. Not use cell phones during instructional times or during VRCBVI scheduled activities.
8. Not use tobacco products or illegal substances (drugs or alcohol).
9. Actively participate in all aspects of the program, including evening and weekend activities.
10. Exhibit behaviors that promote a positive learning environment free from bullying, threats, destruction of property or interference with the learning environment.
Please sign below to certify that you have read, understand and agree with the student expectations. Failure to follow these policies can result in dismissal from the program.
Student Signature:
Custodial Parent/Guardian Signature: