Plano Child Development Center
Plano’s Annual Report 2016
 
This year we are grateful for our 2016 Event Chairs, Rev. Dr. Michael Burnside, and Mrs. Natalie Ray.  We are also grateful for our Honorary Chair and recipient of our 2016 Founder’s Award, Mr. William G. Little, Chairman of Quam-Nichols Company, Inc. 
 
We congratulate Mrs. Katheryn Stafford Hudson, our Community Service Award recipient, Mrs. Addie Davis, our Lifetime Service Award recipient and our Most Outstanding Vision Therapy Progress Awardees:  Celeste Buitron, Emmanuel Galvez, Maxine Ivey, Litzy Ortiz, Daniel Sanchez, Marek Wojciechowski and Kenneth Wright.
 
We welcomed two new board members, Mr. Matthew Palmer and Denise Brewer, Esq.
 
We are so proud of our accomplishments this year, many of which were achieved even with a decrease in State funding for many of our patients.  Listed below are a few of our 2016 achievements:
 
Plano provided in-office therapy to nearly 175 patients (47% of these patients received services on a sliding-fee-scale, and 38% were funded by Medicaid.
Plano provided mobile vision comprehensive exams to nearly 280 students from Chicago, Harvey School District 152 and Hazel Crest school District 152 ½ .
Nearly 350 participants at twenty health fairs received vision screenings.
Community service vision awareness workshops were provided to over 400 persons.
As a subcontractor, Plano’s affiliate corporation, VHMS, a  subcontractor  for Tropical Optical, provided comprehensive vision exams to 49,000 K-12th graders as providers for Chicago Public Schools Mobile Vision Program.  (Some of these students received Vision Therapy services at Plano.)


Plano served as host for the National Optometric Association’s “Annual Day of Community Service.”  Nearly 60 day campers received vision screenings and 80 patients received free vision exams courtesy of VSP Vouchers.
Plano participated in career days and mentoring for Optometry students (hoping to inspire them to choose Optometry with Vision Therapy as their practice specialty).
Plano received support from the Essilor Of Americas Foundation and Modern Optical.  They provided lenses and frames to students who were in need of glasses but unable to afford them.


Plano received web support for www.planovision.org from Christopher O’Banion, Webmaster. 
Plano received grants from the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund (CFMF), the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund and the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation in support of Plano’s “Eye Can Learn Comprehensive Vision Program.”


Recently Plano was approved to receive eyeglass assistance (for those in need) from the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness

 

Dr. Stephanie Johnson Brown., O.D., M.Ed.
Executive Director