Plano Child Development Center’s
 Annual Report 2017
 
 
This year we are grateful for our 2017 Event Chairs, Rev. Dr. Michael Burnside, and Mrs. Natalie Ray.  We are also grateful for our Honorary Chair Mr. Jonathan Jackson. He is an accomplished businessman; professor and social justice advocate proudly speaking for the Rainbow PUSH coalition.
 
We mourn the loss of our longtime board member, Dr. Donald Pedro. We are honored to celebrate his memory posthumously with our Humanitarian Award. 
 
We congratulate Mrs. Dorothy Tillman, our Founders Award recipient and our Most Outstanding Vision Therapy Progress Awardees: Kamari Black, Paige Randell, Solomon Moore, Joel Langley, and Mikalah Trout.
 
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 2017 achievements:
 
Plano provided in-office vision assessment testing and vision therapy to nearly 135 patients (62% of these patients received services on a sliding-fee-scale, and 23% were funded by Medicaid.
 
Plano provided mobile vision comprehensive exams to nearly 100 students from Chicago, Hazel Crest School District 152 ½ and two day care centers.
Over 500 participants at thirty-five health fairs received vision screenings.
 
Community service vision awareness workshops were provided to over 200 persons.
Plano participated on WVON’s U of C Medicines Community Health Focus Hour discussing the importance of children’s vision exams.

As a subcontractor, Plano’s affiliate corporation, VHMS, a  subcontractor  for Tropical Optical, assisted in  providing comprehensive vision exams to 50,000 K-12th graders as providers for Chicago Public Schools Mobile Vision Program.  (Some of these students received Vision Therapy services at Plano.)
 
Plano participated in career days, mentoring opportunities for pre- optometry students. We hope to inspire them to choose Optometry with Vision Therapy as their practice specialty. We again welcomed ICO’s Focus on Your Future pre- optometry minority students to our center.

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) and the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund in support of Plano’s “Eye Can Learn Comprehensive Vision Program.”

Plano continued to receive eyeglass assistance (for those in need) from the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness
 
Plano continued its relationship with Catholic Charities of Chicago and UIC’s Urban Health Program.
 
This is just a tiny glimpse of what’s been going on at Plano this past year.

 

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