In January of 2005, we launched the first of our “See the Future” Programs. These community outreach programs have grown to include over 16 programs offering assistance to students in the areas of technology adaptations, activities of daily living skill development, professional career development for professionals in the field of vision, scholarships to educational and recreational camps, older adult assistance with low vision aids and a mobile low vision clinic.
Our programs provide opportunities for children who are legally blind to experience the wonders of outer space at Space Camp, utilize the latest in adaptive technologies during our Low Vision Clinics and learn essential skills needed to attend college, live independently and build a career of their choice while attending the Summer Orientation & Mobility and Adapted Living Resources Program (SOAR).
All financial donations received by the Lighthouse go towards funding our “See the Future” programs. These programs would not be possible without the generous donations made by our donors. If you are interested in making a donation, you can do so online or by calling 314-423-4333.
We invite you to learn more about our programs below.
How to Participate
The “See the Future” Programs are available for those that are blind, legally blind, and function at the definition of blindness (FDB). FDB is defined as indicating blindness due to brain injury or dysfunction. An Optometrist or Ophthalmologist must confirm all vision impairments.
Lighthouse “See the Future” Programs are open to blind and visually impaired residents of Missouri, as well as the bordering Illinois counties of Calhoun, St. Clair, Monroe, Madison and Jersey.
Programs designed for professionals are open to residents of Missouri as well as the bordering Illinois counties of Calhoun, St. Clair, Monroe, Madison and Jersey. Professionals must be employed full time in the state of Missouri or Illinois.
Some exceptions apply and are subject to change. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. All programs have financial limits.
Please contact us with any questions regarding participation.
Learn more about all of Lighthouse for the Blind’s See the Future Programs below.
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See the Future Programs
- Arts & Entertainment Accessibility
- Camp Barnabas
- Continuing Education
- Comprehensive Low Vision Project
- Jobs for Students
- Space Camp
- Low Vision Aid
- Sports Camp
- Professional Career Development
- SW Kids in Action
- Night Orientation & Mobility
- Braille Brilliance
- STARS for Parents
Arts & Entertainment Accessibility
The goal of this program is to assist local St. Louis cultural venues in improving their facilities (and websites), thus enhancing the experience of visitors with visual impairments.
As a part of this program, Stephen Kissel, our Blind Community Enrichment Associate, himself totally blind, was tasked with stimulating awareness and creativity among local museums and cultural venues in reference to making their exhibits and attractions accessible and engaging for patrons who may be either blind or visually impaired. These efforts not only resulted in a re-assessment and appraisal of present accommodations, but they also led to many new partnerships between the St. Louis Lighthouse for the Blind and local venues in order to develop new opportunities for blind and visually impaired individuals to experience history, theater, science, astronomy, wildlife, recreation, and the arts. Please see his Exploring St. Louis from a Blind Persons Perspective synopsis results below.
Arts & Entertainment program is proud to present… The Lighthouse for the Blind and the Fox Theatre are partnering to provide descriptive audio shows at the Fox! The Lighthouse will be offering to pay half the price of show tickets for a legally blind individual and their companion.
To purchase tickets to a descriptive audio show, please contact Angie Yorke at (314) 423-4333 ext. 132.
- Tickets must be purchased through Lighthouse for the Blind to receive the discounted price. Tickets purchased through the Fox Theatre will be full price.
- No refunds will be issued.
- The Lighthouse for the Blind is not responsible for operations or productions of any of the shows at the Fox Theatre. Click the link below for show dates and information.
For those that are blind and legally blind, we hope you find the below venue(s) synopsis helpful in planning and enjoying your visit.
Introduction and Transportation
- PDF – Introduction and Transportation
- PDF- Getting Around
- MP3 – Getting Around
- MP3 – Metro’s Call-a-Ride Service
- MP3 – Metro Bus and Metro Link
- MP3 – Popular Local Taxi Services
- PDF –Descriptive Video Service at the Movies
- MP3 – Descriptive Video Service at the Movies
- PDF –The Fabulous Fox Theater
- MP3-Fabulous Fox Theater
- PDF Powell Symphony Hall
- MP3 – Powell Symphony Hall
- PDF – The Muny
- MP3 – The Muny
- PDF – St. Louis Zoo
- MP3 –St. Louis Zoo
- PDF – Grant’s Farm
- MP3 – Grants Farm
- PDF Missouri Botanical Garden
- MP3 – Missouri Botanical Gardens
- PDF – Laumeier Sculpture Park
- MP3 – Laumeier Sculpture Park
Historical Sites and Museums
- PDF – St. Louis Art Museum
- MP3 – St. Louis Art Museum
- PDF –Missouri History Museum
- MP3 – Missouri History Museum
- PDF – The Gateway Arch
- MP3 – The Gateway Arch
- PDF – The Old Courthouse
- MP3 –The Old Courthouse
- PDF – St. Louis City Museum
- MP3 – St. Louis City Museum
- PDF – The Magic House
- MP3 –The Magic House
- PDF – St. Louis Science Center & Planetarium
- MP3 –St. Louis Science Center & Planetarium
July 7-12, 2019 – Soaring Hawks week
Each year, the Lighthouse provides children that are visually impaired and legally blind age 7 to 25 years, tuition scholarships to Camp Barnabas. The scholarships granted cover the tuition for attendance of one term, 6 days of fun, at Camp Barnabas located in Purdy, Missouri.
Camp Barnabas, caters to a variety of children including those who are blind and legally blind. For one week, TERM SOARING HAWKS, it offers these children and young adults the opportunity to shift their focus away from their disability to focus on and enjoy activities that build their courage and expand their belief in themselves.
Camp Barnabas strives to meet the needs of any camper with a disability or special needs. Their desire is to accept every child who applies, up to capacity, for each term (6 days). Camp Barnabas also knows that disability and special needs affect the whole family, so the siblings of the campers are invited to join in the Camp Barnabas fun (Lighthouse for the Blind is not able to provide scholarships for siblings).
Camp activities include swimming, field games, arts and crafts, canoeing, rifles, archery, fishing and other outdoor adventures. Camp Barnabas has a fully-accessible high ropes course. Participants utilize adaptive equipment and programming in all activities.
Recipients of a scholarship ARE responsible for paying Camp Barnabas the $55 non-refundable registration fee. Transportation is also available by bus from St. Louis for a modest fee of $25 round-trip.
Funding and scholarships are limited, so please apply soon. Awards will be made on a first come first served basis. ALL FULLY COMPLETED applications are due by May 1, 2019 (PENDING AVAILABILITY).
HOW TO APPLY:
- Complete the 2019 Lighthouse Scholarship Application for Camp Barnabas and mail to LHB, attn: Angie Yorke, 10440 Trenton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132. OR email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete the online registration for Camp Barnabas at Camp Barnabas Registration. The term is “Teas Trail Soaring Hawks” .
- Read all directions on applications CAREFULLY.
- You and your child(ren) will be notified by mail or email if they are a “See the Future” Scholarship recipient .If you do not receive notification from the Lighthouse confirming your scholarship then we have not received your paperwork and you must contact us.
For More Information on Camp Barnabas: Call: 417.476.2565 Visit the website: Camp Barnabas
For More Information on Scholarships: Call: Angie Yorke at 314.423.4333 ext.132 or Email Angie Yorke
Applicants must be considered legally blind to qualify for this scholarship.
Each calendar year, we provide financial awards to individuals to assist in continuing their education. Awards may be granted in the areas of adaptive equipment (to facilitate education), college tuition, and training which enables an individual to succeed in their academic endeavors.
THIS GRANT IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE SCHOOL DISTRICT FUNDING REQUIRED UNDER IDEA OR REHAB SERVICES FOR THE BLIND FUNDING. FUNDING WILL TYPICALLY BE FOR HOME USE AND/OR USE IN THE COMMUNITY.
To be eligible to receive Continuing Education funding you must be:
- A blind or legally blind individual in the State of Missouri (excluding the counties of Holt, Andrew, DeKalb, Caldwell, Carroll, Ray, Clay, Clinton, Buchanan, Lafayette, Jackson, Cass, Johnson, Henry and Bates.) or the surrounding Western Illinois Counties
- Enrolled as a full-time student (elementary, middle, high school, or college/trade school).
- A student pre-school age through 26 years old
A qualifying example of training would be: A student with aspirations of becoming a music teacher may receive a scholarship towards attending a summer music school program.
Examples of items this grant will not cover: Purchasing eye glasses, purchasing bicycles, purchasing of swings/swing-sets, etc.
HOW TO APPLY – Application must be complete to be considered.
- Read Guidelines
- Complete Continuing Education Application
- Or complete JAWS Accessible Continuing Education application form
- Submit a DOCTOR COMPLETED Vision Assessment.
- Submit certified transcripts from the school presently attending or most recently attended.
- Submit TWO letters of recommendation from a current or recent instructor, counselor, employer, community leader, etc.
- Send all requested materials to: Lighthouse for the Blind, Attention: Continuing Education Program, 10440 Trenton Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63132
- If you are awarded a scholarship and live outside of St. Louis we may ship the items purchased to your home. If items are delivered to your home and you do not receive them, the Lighthouse for the Blind will not be held responsible and items will NOT be purchased again.
Group Recreation and Developmental Support
The Group Recreation and Developmental Support (GRADS) groups are sponsored by Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments and supported by the Lighthouse for the Blind. These groups are open to children with visual impairments ages three through high school. (Download Brochure)
The goals of the GRADS Groups are to:
- Develop self-confidence
- Form friendships
- Participate in community activities
- Become more independent
- And have fun
EXPLORERS This group is for children in preschool (3 years old) through kindergarden. Monthly meetings are held at the Delta Gamma Center with music, stories, and fun activities. Families of participants are invited on monthly field trips during the summer.
CHALLENGERS This group is for children ages 7 – 12 years old. Group meets monthly for 4 hours at Delta Gamma Center with discussion, book club, facility-based activities, field trips and an annual summer challenge trip.
CHAT & PARTY This group is for youth, ages thirteen through high school graduation. Group meets monthly for five hours at the Delta Gamma Center. Activities include discussion sessions, local speakers, book club, facility-based activities, and field trips. Also includes a summer challenge trip.
TANDEM ADVENTURERS This group is for children, ages ten through high school graduation. Group offers the opportunity to enjoy tandem cycling, with a cycling buddy, on regularly scheduled rides in the community as well as training to participate in community cycling events.
For more information, please contact Ellie Aboussie-Ashley at Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments at 314.776.1300 or Email Ellie at Eaboussieemail@example.com
The Comprehensive Low Vision Project (CLVP)
CLVP is a year-round program that provides students with low vision with clinical low vision evaluations, prescribed optical devices, and training in the use of those devices. This program serves the state of Missouri. Some exceptions apply in and around Kansas City.
WHO Students, ages 2 – 21, that have been identified as visually impaired according to Missouri’s guidelines for eligibility for special education. Applicants for the program are also considered based on their ability to benefit from prescribed optical devices.
WHAT Students will receive, at no cost to their families, a comprehensive low vision evaluation, a complete written report with recommendations for appropriate low vision devices, any devices prescribed and instruction in the use of those devices in the student’s school, home, or community until he or she is proficient in using his or her new tools. The services provided by CLVP do not take the place of regular visits to the student’s primary eye care provider, such as his or her ophthalmologist or optometrist.
WHEN Numerous clinics will be held throughout each school year. These clinics take place throughout Missouri to best accommodate students from a variety of locations throughout the region. Dates and times will be set well in advance and publicized via the Lighthouse for the Blind Website as well as notifications sent thru list serves. Teachers may suggest clinic sites if they have a student population of 5 or more students. In addition, monthly CLVP low vision clinics take place at the Delta Gamma Center in St. Louis.
HOW Upon referral, the student’s education team will be asked to provide the student’s most current visual assessments as well as an updated eye report and any vision related IEP goals (if applicable). Students will then be scheduled for their clinical low vision evaluation at the clinic location closest to the city in which they reside. Family members, vision and/or O&M instructors will attend the session to better understand the proposed solutions and to subsequently assist in the best utilization of the solution.
ELIGIBILITY Students, ages 2 – 21, who meet Missouri’s eligibility criteria as a child with a visual impairment, which is visual acuity of 20/70 in the better eye after correction and who have good potential to benefit from low vision devices
2019 CLINICS February 1, 2019 – Delta Gamma Center, St. Louis March 15, 2019 – Delta Gamma Center, St. Louis April 26, 2019 – Delta Gamma Center, St. Louis May 10, 2019 – Delta Gamma Center, St. Louis
Jennifer Coy Program Director Phone: 573-579-4359 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Bement Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist Phone: 618-612-9412 Email: email@example.com
Izzy Breiter Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments Phone: 507-327-0388 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Print a Resource Directory with information and support services available to children who are blind
Zoom to Success: Teaching Screen Magnification Programs for Low Vision- Held October 11, 2016
This workshop discussed the need for teaching screen magnification/enlargement software (including input from adults with low vision), strategies for determining appropriate software, and resources for acquiring that software. Participants ideas for lessons, assessment, and goal writing so that they felt prepared to implement screen magnification software instruction with their students. The live workshop included hands-on experience with screen magnification programs. You can gain this experience through downloading the free trial for whichever software you’re interested in.
Target Audience: Teachers of students with visual impairments with beginner to intermediate level experience with screen magnification software. Click here to watch the “Zoom to Success” presentation Zoom to Success Files/Resource Packet: Zoom to Success PowerPoint
Introduction to Goalball!
The Lighthouse for the Blind offers a Goalball program for youth that are visually impaired and blind , 8-18 years old. Participants must be willing and able to participate in a team sport. Goalball is a game developed for athletes with visual impairments, played using a ball with bells inside that can be tracked by the sound it makes. All participants will be required to wear a blindfold.
Children that are advised not to participate in contacts sports due to risk of injury should not apply.
Goalball is FREE! Just come and have some fun! We ask that you attend each session as we only accept a limited number of players. Parents and family members are invited to attend each session.
- The dates for 2019 goalball practice are: To Be Announced
- All practice sessions will be from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
- All practices will be held at Missouri School for the Blind in the gymnasium located at 3815 Magnolia Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110.
- All participants must have their own transportation to and from Missouri School for the Blind.
We must have a minimum of 6 to play and will accept a maximum of 12 kids. We will accept applications on a first-come-first-served basis.
- Applications are due no later than: To be announced
- Complete the Goalball Application
- Mail applications to Lighthouse for the Blind, Attn: Angie Yorke, 10440 Trenton Avenue, St. Louis, Mo 63132 or email to email@example.com.
Summer Jobs for Students
The Lighthouse for the Blind offers summer employment for legally blind young adults at least 16 years of age.
- Light Industrial Work (assembly, kitting, etc)
- Great work environment
- 4 continuous weeks (minimum) of employment (dependent on company workload)
- Minimum Wage
- Regular hours are 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Metro Stops at both manufacturing plants (10440 Trenton in Overland and 8833 Fleischer in Berkeley)
- Positions are limited, so apply early
Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS)
SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 – OCTOBER 4, 2019 REGISTRATION INFORMATION TO BE ANNOUNCED
Each year, the Lighthouse provides visually impaired and blind children ages 9 to 18 years, tuition scholarships to SCIVIS, Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students. The scholarships granted cover the $880 or $1050 tuition for meals, lodging, programming and materials. STUDENTS MUST BE IN THE 4TH GRADE OR HIGHER TO ATTEND CAMP.
Scholarship recipients will be provided with round-trip transportation by bus to and from St. Louis (campers must arrive to catch the bus very early Saturday morning). Numerous qualified, responsible chaperones will accompany the students. Recipients of a scholarship ARE responsible for the $50 non-refundable registration fee plus $20 to cover the cost of lunch to and from camp.
2019 SCIVIS program begins on September 28 and ends on October 4. Program highlights will include presentations by blind NASA professionals on career choices and working in the space industry.
The SCIVIS program uses space to excite and educate students in the fields of math, science and technology. Among the many benefits associated with attending SCIVIS; teamwork, self-confidence and communication skills are taught through state-of-the-art simulations, missions, rocket building, robotics and conducting experiments on the International Space Station.
The SCIVIS week is coordinated by teachers of the visually impaired from all over the United States. Special considerations are extended during this week to put the students at ease including enlarged print and attention to mobility hazards.
The blind students will also benefit from the latest technology in the field, including tactile Braille displays, CCTV’s, large print output, and synthetic speech for computers. Siblings or friends of the visually impaired students are also welcome to attend during the week.
Space Camp Videos
- Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS) Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_AaCnDvHRQ
- Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS) Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiINS7NS6YE
- 2018 opening ceremony from Space Camp 2018 Opening Ceremony for Space Camp
- 2018 Space Camp Graduation 2018 Space Camp Graduation
- Space Camp video from 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K5IFLKEUDc
- Space Camp video from 2015 http://whnt.com/2015/09/23/u-s-space-rocket-center-hosting-space-camp-for-visually-impaired-students/
- Space Camp video of Lighthouse Visions scholarship recipients http://www.waaytv.com/space_alabama/australian-siblings-on-a-mission-to-see-the-world-before/article_9b60032c-616e-11e5-8ee4-73915c73637e.html
- Video made by a Lighthouse Visions scholarship recipient all the way from Belgium! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TCIydUWi2oM
The SCIVIS program includes: Space Camp and Robotics (more academic programs) and Aviation Challenge (more action oriented than academic)
- Space Camp (grades 4-6)
- Space Academy (grades 7-9)
- Advanced Space Academy (grades 10-12, college bound)
- Robotics Camp (grades 4-6)
- Robotics Academy (grades 7-9)
- Aviation Challenge MACH I- ( grades 4-6)
- Aviation Challenge Mach II – (grades 7-9)
- Aviation Challenge Mach III- (grades 10-12)
All steps below MUST BE completed to be considered for a scholarship.
How to Apply… 2019 REGISTRATION INFO TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Complete the Space Camp Application Please read the attachment to the application to determine if your child is qualified to attend Space Camp. APPLICATIONS DUE AUGUST 20th. PLEASE MAIL THE COMPLETED APPLICATION, A CURRENT EYE REPORT and $50 REGISTRATION FEE MADE PAYABLE TO THE LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND to: Lighthouse for the Blind, Attn: Angie Yorke, 10440 Trenton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132. OR Email the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete the Online Registration After Lighthouse for the Blind receives your scholarship application you will receive an invitation via email to complete the online registration. You will complete all information at this time and then registration is complete.
All registration must be completed for your child to attend camp.
If you register online without waiting for the email invitation from us then you will not be included as part of the Lighthouse group.
FOR A DETAILED LIST OF THE EFFECTS SPACE CAMP SIMULATORS HAVE ON EYE CONDITIONS click here
Low Vision Aid Program
The Low Vision Aid Program (LVAP) is a need based program for ADULTS wanting to obtain financial assistance to purchase a CCTV, magnifying lamp or handheld video magnifier.
To Apply For This Program You Must:
- Have completed a low vision evaluation from participating doctors (call for list).
- Obtain and complete an application and return to Lighthouse for the Blind.
- Participating doctor must complete the Adaptive Recommendation form and return it to Lighthouse for the Blind.
If you meet the financial requirements to participate in this program:
- You will be notified by the Lighthouse for the Blind that you have qualified.
- You will receive a either a full financial grant or a percentage stipend toward the purchase of the recommended equipment.
- If required, you may be asked to pay a portion of the payment to the Lighthouse for the Blind in full before the equipment is ordered.
- After payment is received, the equipment will be ordered and delivered to your home.
- Contact Angie Yorke to receive information as to the participating doctors and how to obtain an application. Email Angie
IMPORTANT INFOIf you qualify for and participate in the Low Vision Aid Program, you are also eligible to receive in-home training on the equipment through our LOW VISION TRAINING PROGRAM. Please call for further details.
June 21 – June 23, 2019 Sports Camp is open to youth that are blind and visually impaired ages 12-18 years. Sports Camp is a residential camp that takes place at Webster University. This free 2-day overnight program offers an introduction to sports and the opportunity to compete with other kids that are blind and visually impaired. The goals are to empower children to be physically active, improve health and most importantly to have fun! Only 20 campers will be accepted so please apply soon! Applications accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
- Fun activities that may be covered include bowling, goalball, rock climbing, swimming and track and field.
- All campers must be independent with bathing, toileting and getting dressed.
Where: Webster University 470 East Lockwood Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63119
When: June 21- June 23, 2019 The last day to apply is May 20, 2019
Sponsored by: Missouri School for the Blind
Application deadline is May 20, 2019 Sports camp will only accept 20 campers so please apply soon!
How to Apply Complete the Sports Camp Application and return to Angie Yorke.
Applications should be returned to Angie Yorke by email at email@example.com or mailed to 10440 Trenton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132. Please note that you will receive email confirmation after an application is received. If you do not receive confirmation then the application was not received and you should contact Angie ASAP.
Contact Angie Yorke at 314.423.4333 ext.132 with any questions.
Special Technology and Adaptive Resources for Students (STARS)
STARS is a joint program between The Lighthouse for the Blind and St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired and is available at no cost to blind and visually impaired children and young adults ages 6 – 21 years.
Comprised of two programs STARS Technology and STARS ADL, the main goal of STARS is to demonstrate, evaluate and train in Adaptive Technology and Activities of Daily Living. While STARS Technology is for students of all ages, STARS ADL Groups are for those students between the ages of 6 – 15 with in-home daily living skills instruction available for students ages 16 – 21.
STARS provides youth with the opportunity to explore and learn about adaptive technology, including assistance with purchasing hardware and software which may help in their school work and independence. In-depth evaluations and one-to-one training are also available at no cost.
Activities of Daily Living (ADL) are taught either in small group settings (ages 6 – 15) or one-on-one in the home (ages 16-21). Areas addressed include meal preparation and eating skills, clothes sorting and laundry, home/room organization and additional skills necessary for independence.
Group classes are offered August – May and held at St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 8770 Manchester Rd. Technology Training and individual daily living skills sessions available at the Society, in-home or other location as needed or requested.
*All students attending ADL classes must be able to take care of personal needs independently.
ADL Instructors: Laura Wilcox & Nancy Nations
How to get Involved: First, please complete the STARS Application Next, see sections below:
Technology Demonstration and Training (one-on-one technology lesson)
- By appointment on weekdays, Saturday or after school.
- Appointments are offered in-home or at Society for the Blind offices.
- To make an appointment please contact Brenda Wendling at 314-968-9000 or by email
Activities of Daily Living Groups (Ages 6 – 15)To join a group please contact Laura Wilcox, TVI at 314-301-7327 or by email
Activities of Daily Living, Ages 16- 21
- In-home services by appointment: to make an appointment, please contact Brenda Wendling at 314-301-7374 or by email
- Participants and their families will receive a newsletter after each session detailing what was learned and how to follow up at home.
- EXAMPLE NEWSLETTERS: STARS Newsletter January 2016 Giving Back and Social Skills
Summer Orientation & Mobility and Adapted Living Resource Program (SOAR)
JUNE 9 – JUNE 29, 2019The Summer Orientation & Mobility and Adapted Living resource program (S.O.A.R.) is a highly intensive, structured, residential training program that provides specialized instruction to youth ages 16-21 who are legally blind.
S.O.A.R. is specifically designed for individuals who intend to live independently, seek competitive employment and/or attend a vocational training program or college upon graduation from secondary school. S.O.A.R. provides three weeks of accelerated training in adapted living techniques that include cooking, self-care, clothing management, money management, home maintenance, careers and orientation and mobility. The emphasis on independence also fosters expectations related to independent travel skills, interpersonal relationships, post-secondary transition, organizational skills and career exploration.
Watch our audio described video about the S.O.A.R. program
S.O.A.R. Vision Statement
- S.O.A.R. is committed to the adherence of its mission.
- S.O.A.R. graduates will continue to build an awareness of skill sets needed to live independently while pursuing educational, career and family interests.
- S.O.A.R. will recruit, train, and hire highly qualified professionals.
- S.O.A.R. will increase each participant’s self-advocacy through instruction and community-based activities.
- S.O.A.R. will provide comprehensive reports for each participant’s family, school district and or agency to further facilitate transition planning for post-secondary goals.
- S.O.A.R. will improve and expand programming to meet the diverse and changing needs of its participants on a yearly basis.
- S.O.A.R. will provide on-going opportunities for participant/family training and follow-up consultations.
- Between the ages of 16 and 21
- Currently meets eligibility / definition of legally blind or blind
- Preference is given to current residents in the State of Missouri or the surrounding western Illinois counties but applications from other states will be considered
- Expectation to live independently
- Participant plans to seek competitive employment and/or attend a vocational training program or college upon graduation from secondary school.
- Participants will be required to participate in all three weeks of the residential program without absence.
Three Week Residential Program at Webster University
- Dorm Living
- Campus Life
- Community Access
- Social/Recreational Activities
One-on-One Instruction for Activities of Daily Living
- Clothing Management
- Home Maintenance
- Money Management
- Career Exploration
Comprehensive Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Instruction
- Day and night-time instruction
- Focused use of Public Transportation
- Non-Driver Education
- ADA Rights Education
- Guide Dog Exposure / Education
- Individualized ADL and O&M Instruction
- Comprehensive Summative Reports
- Guest Speakers
- Parent Training Day
- Community Service / Volunteerism Projects
- Sex-Education and Dating Seminar Weekend
- Guide Dog Experience and Education
- Mock Employment Interviews
- Sports Education Camp Weekend
HOW TO APPLY – The program is limited to twelve participants through a competitive application process.
- Complete a copy of the SOAR 2019 Participant Application
- Completed Application and all paperwork (IEP, etc.) MUST be submitted by February 8, 2019.
- Participants accepted into the program will be notified in March 2019.
- Email any questions to Angie Yorke.
- SOAR 2018 Daily Schedule
LHB will be recruiting qualified individuals to assist during the 2019 SOAR program. click the link to apply: http://www.lhbindustries.com/Our-Company/Careers/currentopportunities.aspx
Program Director: Kevin Hollinger. Call 636.578.0124 or Email Kevin
BCE Programs Manager: Angie Yorke. Call 314.423.4333 ext.132 or Email Angie
Professional Career Development Programs
Comprised of three separate programs: the Scholarship Program, Conference Training and ACVREP Certification Reimbursement.
The Scholarship Program was developed for individuals who are specializing in the field of service to persons who are blind or legally blind. This program is for college students in their senior year in an undergraduate program, OR a graduate student OR a paraprofessional that is currently employed and working in the field.
Scholarship Program Guidelines:
- Must be specializing in the field of service to persons who are blind or visually impaired (O&M, TVI, VRT, Paraprofessional,)
- Applicants must be entering their senior year in an undergraduate program, OR a graduate student OR a paraprofessional that is currently employed and working in the field.
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must attend an accredited university and program
- Must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0
- Must show proof of enrollment and grades
- Must provide 2 letters of reference (one from professional reference and one from educational reference)
- Monies will be used for tuition, books, and on- campus room & board
- Minimum scholarship award amount of $300 (no less)
- Maximum scholarship award amount of $6000 annually
- Applicants can re-apply annually
- Scholarships will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis
- LHB will not reimburse students for prior expenses. This includes classes already completed or currently in process of completing.
The Conference/Training Program for Professionals offers educators the ability to apply for funding for reimbursements for conferences or training that they will attend in the field of service to persons who are blind or visually impaired.
Conference/Training Program Guidelines
- Must be a professional in the field of vision living in Missouri or Illinois counties of Calhoun, St. Clair, Monroe, Madison or Jersey.
- All applicants must be currently employed full-time in Missouri or Illinois
- Funds must not be available from the school district (administrator must sign off on this)
- Conference is located in the U.S.
- Funding will be in the form of reimbursement for expenses (must have receipts)
- In order to receive your reimbursement, you must attend 75% of the conference program on the days LHB is reimbursing your expenses and provide documentation from the Conference organizer of sessions attended.
- Airfare or mileage will be reimbursed up to $400
- Lodging will be reimbursed up to $150 per day
- Registration fee to be reimbursed in full/This does NOT include pre -conference workshop registration fees
- Incidentals such as food, parking, car rental, shuttle fees and taxis do not qualify for reimbursement
- Funding will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis
- 90 days prior to the conference, applicants may apply for funding. Any applications received prior to the 90 days will not be considered
- You must receive approval from LHB prior to the date of the conference to receive reimbursement
- Total reimbursement not to exceed $2000 per conference
- Maximum reimbursement not to exceed $3,000 per year
- Guidelines are subject to change
ACVREP Certification Reimbursement Guidelines The Professional Career Development program promotes highly trained and qualified blindness professionals in MO and the Illinois counties of Calhoun, St. Clair, Monroe, Madison and Jersey through reimbursement of eligible expenses for ACVREP initial certification and re-certification. The eligible certification (s) are CLVT, COMS, CVRT, and/or CATIS.
ANY FEES PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 2017 WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT. Reimbursement will be available for:
- Eligibility Fee
- Examination Fee (up to two administrations of exam)
- Certification Fee
- Re-certification Fee
To be considered for reimbursement, applications must be complete with all corresponding materials. Reimbursement will be given on a first-come-first- serve basis and will only be provided when the applicant submits a copy of their valid certificate.
For the application to be complete:
- You must be a resident in Missouri or the Illinois counties of Calhoun, St. Clair, Monroe, Madison or Jersey.
- You must be employed full time or provide contractual services in the state of MO or IL.
- Must have receipts for any and all reimbursement
- Competed W-9 form
- Copy of valid certificate
HOW TO APPLY Download and complete EITHER the
Email any questions to Angie Yorke
Southwest Kids in Action
Southwest Kids in Action is a recreational and developmental group for youth ages 8-18 who are blind or visually impaired and reside in Southwest Missouri. This group encourages physical development by participation in a wide variety of physical, social and developmental activities. Activities include: Goalball, Archery, Rock Climbing, Swimming, Yoga, Cooking, Nutrition, Hands on Arts, and many other activities. All participants must be able to take care of personal needs independently. All participants must have their own transportation to and from primary meeting location.
The program Facilitator is Lydia Regier and she can be reached at SWKIA@lhbindustries.com or (417) 328-8832. Meetings will be held from 10:00a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks; located at 1661 West Elfindale St., Springfield, MO 65807
- Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Crossfit
- Saturday, March 2, 2019 – Rock Climbing
- Saturday, April 6, 2019 – KY3 Newstation Tour/Woodworking
- Saturday, May 4, 2019 – Horseback Riding
To enroll in this program please print or download a SWKIA Application and Release. Please mail your completed Enrollment and Release forms to Lighthouse for the Blind, Attn: Angie Yorke at 10440 Trenton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132 OR email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Night Orientation and Mobility Services
A Supplemental Program Providing O&M Evaluation and Instruction after Dark.This supplemental program is offered to students that are diagnosed as Low Vision (20/70) or blind ages 12 through college graduation. We will be providing an initial O&M night evaluation with additional lessons available to attain night travel skills commensurate with daylight travel experience.
- This program is NOT intended to take the place of a current O&M instructor but to SUPPLEMENT by teaching skills for nighttime travel.
- Night O&M Services will be provided free of charge to students residing in the state of Missouri (excluding the Kansas City Metro Area ) and the Illinois counties of Madison, Jersey, Monroe, St. Clair and Calhoun.
- To participate in this program a student must have a current IEP stating that Orientation and Mobility is provided (exceptions may apply) as well as the most current medical report from the student’s eye doctor.
- Lessons will take place outdoors in different locations depending on the location that the student is residing in. The student must find their own transportation to and from each lesson.
- Student’s will receive a written report after the evaluation as well as a report after the lessons are completed.
Paul Ehresman will be the instructor for this program. Paul has been a certified O&M Specialist since 1981. He taught O&M full time at the Missouri School for the Blind for 20 years and has worked for them as a substitute O&M, PE teacher, driver, chaperone, or coach in every sport as needed in the 10 years since his retirement. He has worked as an independent contractor and has been one of the O&M Intern Supervisors in our STEP/SOAR program for the last 7 years. One of the components of SOAR is to provide night travel evaluations and possible lessons after dark for every student who has even a minimum of vision. Paul has written journal articles about aspects of O&M for professional publications and has presented at various local, national and international conferences to professionals working with people that are blind or visually impaired.
- Please Note: This program is addressing extracurricular and non-academic setting and skills commensurate with “non-disabled peers”.
- The O&M specialist will not knowingly offer professional services to a person receiving O&M instruction from another O&M specialist, except by agreement with the other specialist or after the other specialist has ended instruction with the learner.
- The O&M specialist will not assume responsibilities outside the Scope of Practice that are better provided by other professionals who are available to the learner.
- The O&M specialist who is responsible for education and professional preparation programs will take reasonable steps to ensure that the programs are designed to provide the appropriate knowledge and proper experiences for students enrolled in such programs, and to meet the requirements for licensure, certification, or other goals for which claims are made by the program
To apply:Applications must be complete to be considered. The application, IEP and medical eye report is needed to complete the application. Please send your completed application along with all required documents to Lighthouse for the Blind, Attn: A Yorke, 10440 Trenton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132 or email all paperwork to email@example.com
Click the link to print and complete the Night O&M Services Application
Mission: To provide students and families with goal-focused braille tutoring and to provide students with opportunities to connect with other braille readers and develop a positive image of braille through fun braille-related activities.
Braille Brilliance Services:
- In-Home Braille Tutoring
- Fun Braille Group Activities
- Braille Pen Pal Program
- Any braille students in grades K-12
- Open to residents of all counties in Missouri and Illinois counties surrounding the St. Louis area
- Free in-home tutoring for the child and/or parent in braille (not general academics)
- Instruction for mastery of specific goals based on teacher, parent, and student input
- Fun braille-related group activities quarterly (typically held in the St. Louis area)
- Braille pen pal program with other Braille Brilliance students
- Complements braille instruction provided in school
- If you prefer, students can participate in just one or two aspects of the program (group activities, tutoring, or pen pals).
- The student learning new math symbols
- The student using a braille display to access electronic materials on a computer or tablet
- Refining the student’s braille reading technique and demonstrating proper technique to the parent
- The student mastering Unified English Braille changes
- The parent learning the braille alphabet
- The parent learning more about braille math strategies
- The family utilizing braille labels and tactile materials for daily living skills
Refer students soon to save a spot in the program!To refer your child, either the teacher or parent can submit a signed permission form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact:Braille Brilliance Program DirectorIzzy BreiterCell: email@example.com
“I really enjoyed having someone in my home to work with my child. This helped me know how to assist my daughter with braille practice. My daughter really liked having a pen pal. It really encouraged her to read and compose braille daily.”
“It has given my child more confidence when it comes to learning Braille.”
“It has allowed my son to begin learning braille music. He loves music and is very interested in it. This will be very valuable for him when he needs to sight read music for chorus and band. The fact that it is done in the home has also been such a great aspect too.”
“Braille Brilliance has given my child the opportunity to practice and continue to learn Braille over the summer. Last year was his first year of instruction in Braille, and I thought it was a great idea for him to have summer practice. We were able to participate in one Saturday event, the Cooking Extravaganza – he had a great time! As parents, we learned some things, too!”
Stars for Parents – A Parents Approach to Assistive Technology
With new assistive technologies now available, the options are constantly growing. How do parents assist in determining which assistive software, hardware and equipment best match their child’s unique needs?
The St. Louis Society for the Blind’s new STARS for Parents Program will provide parents the opportunity to learn how to use the same adaptive software, hardware and equipment that their child uses on a daily basis. The adaptive training will include but not be limited to:
- OPEN BOOK
- APPLE VOICEOVER
- APPLE ZOOM
- EMBOSSER W/ DUXBURY
- REFRESHABLE BRAILLE DISPLAY
- ADAPTIVE KEYBOARDS
- SCANNING & ACQUIRING DEVICES
- NOTE TAKERS
Lessons will be one-on-one (as opposed to classroom) and appointments are offered on weekdays and Saturdays.
All sessions will be held at St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired located at: 8770 Manchester Road, St. Louis, MO 63144.
For more information or to make an appointment please contact Sirrendrick Smith or Brenda Wendling at (314) 968-9000.