St. Louis Area
Home-based educational services for infants and toddlers, birth to three years, who are blind or visually impaired and their parents/caregivers. The scope of services has expanded to include occupational, physical and speech therapy services, as well as a wide range of individual and group support services for families with children of all ages, through high school graduation.
Provide employment of individuals who are blind and support for community activities for children and youth with visual impairements. As well as having a manufacturing plant that employs individuals who are blind or visually impaired, the See the Future program provides scholarships and equipment to school-age students in a variety of areas.
Since 1973, Minds Eye Radio Information Services has provided free and verbatim readings of over 100 magazines, newspapers, books, and even retail ads to people who are unable to read them. Anyone who is blind, has low vision, or has another physical disability that prevents them from reading like paralysis or Parkinson’s Disease is eligible to receive their free special radio.
The Mary Culver Home for the Visually Impaired is a home for women who are blind. All residents have private bedrooms that can be furnished. Meals are provided in the dining room and patients with special diets can be accommodated.
The main focus is to transcribe textbooks for blind students in the elementary and secondary education levels. In addition, the organization transcribes printed material for individuals, schools, businesses, governments, churches, hospitals and community organizations.
State Libraries for the Blind
The state libraries are a free service for state residents who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual or physical disability. Materials are mailed to and from library patrons at their homes, postage paid. There is no charge, whatsoever, to the patron.
Missouri Wolfner Library, www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner
Illinois Talking Book and Braille Services, www.illinoistalkingbooks.org
The state agency’s mission is to create opportunities for eligible blind and visually impaired persons in order that they may attain personal and vocational success. Both state agencies provide services to people with varying degrees of visual impairment, ranging from those who cannot read regular print to those who are totally blind.
Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind, www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/rsb/
Illinois Bureau for Blind Services, www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29974
State Schools for the Blind
State Schools for the Blind provide educational programming on a residential and outreach basis for students within their respective state.
Illinois School for the Visually Impaired, www.isvi.net
Missouri School for the Blind, www.msb.dese.mo.gov
If needing resources similar to those offered by the Society two national organizations which may provide information and links include:
American Foundation for the Blind
AFB is a national resource in the field of blindness and vision impairment with links to agencies listed by state, including some who provide related services.
This national organization consists of over 100 members whose primary mission is services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired and include pre-school and school-age services, adult vision rehabilitation, employment programs, dog guide schools, low vision clinics and national resources.
There are several national membership organizations for individuals who are blind or visually impaired and/or family centered. These include: