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Life Stories

Read just a few of the stories of those that have been helped by the Society.

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Guess The Grape

Our annual fundraiser is always a fun evening with a champagne reception, followed by the Blind Wine Tasting and Food Pairing.

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Other Resources

Find out about many of the resources available for people who are visually impaired.

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Most Recent Blog Entries

White Cane Day

White Cane Day is October 15.  Please join us in recognizing the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important tool of independence many use, the white cane.  If you are a person who uses a white cane, here are a few tips

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Wear bright colors – no dark clothes
  • Look left/right/left before each crossing
  • Be visible to cars (stand away from parked cars, shrubs, or other obstacles)
  • Always walk on the sidewalk (if available)
  • Walk facing traffic close to the curb when sidewalk is not available
  • Make eye contact with driver before crossing – don’t assume cars will stop
  • No headphones when crossing
  • Stay off your phone at intersections and when  crossing
  • Do not walk alone when you have been drinking or doing drugs
  • Do NOT cross mid-block (only cross at intersection)
  • Cross at stop sign or lighted intersections only
  • Obey all traffic/pedestrian laws
  • Teach children safe pedestrian habits
  • Extra caution when walking at night
    • Wear light color or reflective clothing
    • Wear a clip-on flashing light
    • Carry a flashlight


E-Reader Repurposing

By Millie Eads

Have you ever wondered what to do with those old e-readers that you have stored away in a drawer or given to the grandkids to play with?  Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired has launched a program to repurpose e-readers for individuals with visual impairments.  The program will focus on the Kindle, Nook and Sony devices only.  No tablets will be repurposed at this time.  If you wish to donate an e-reader you can factory reset the device yourself or one of our vision rehabilitation therapists will be glad to do that for you.  All materials will be cleaned from the reader and the reader will be reassigned to someone who can benefit from the device by cannot afford to purchase one.  All devices will remain in the St. Louis area and will be provided to individuals served by the Society. The clients that receive the repurposed e-readers will be taught how to access the community libraries to have books downloaded for them.  By donating your old e-reader you will be helping someone else continue to enjoy reading and have the ability to enlarge the print for ease of use.  For more information on the program contact Millie Eads at 314-968-9000