MISSOURI COUNCIL OF THE BLIND


Where to turn... When you begin... To loose your sight...

IN MISSOURI CALL 1-800-342-5632 - IN ST LOUIS, CALL 832-7172

The loss of part or all vision means that some new skills may be needed and old skills relearned. The adjustments that you make to your new lifestyle will give you the best chance for a successful, satisfying and independent life. Alternatives to the sighted way of accomplishing tasks are as varied as one person is different from another.

With the right education and training the blind person need not be a burden on their family or community. Although loved ones tend to be over-protective, you soon find yourself becoming more independent as you pursue new skills and interests as well as continue old ones with confidence.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE... There are several degrees of vision loss which qualify a person: Totally blind-no usable vision - Legally blind-visual acuity of 20/200 or less with corrective lens, OR field of vision limited to 20 degrees or less, OR progressive eye disease which will lead to severe vision loss.

WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU? The Missouri Council of the Blind is a support group that can provide more information and help guide you through the maze of questions that will arise as you build your new lifestyle. Information provided includes scholarships, summer camps, special services program, adaptive technology information, health benefits, employment and legislation issues and public awareness programs.

Available upon request is the Missouri Chronicle, a quarterly publication of the Missouri Council of the Blind. It is free and can be obtained in large print, braille or on cassette.

The Missouri Council of the Blind encourages local affilates within Missouri to actively support blindness issues and act as the local support group for the newly blinded your people as well as the older blind. Many members attend the state convention each October and the national convention each July.

The Missouri Council of the Blind and its affiliates are active members in good standing of the American Council of the Blind. ACB has a toll free number which has regularly updated legislative information called the Washington Connection, at 1-800-424-8666 6:00 pm to midnight.

AFFILIATES ARE LOCATED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF THE STATE:

ACTION COUNCIL OF THE BLIND OF MISSOURI, NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY;

ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR THE BLIND, STATEWIDE;

AGAPE COUNCIL OF THE BLIND, ST. LOUIS AREA;

ALLIED WORKERS FOR THE BLIND, KANSAS CITY AREA;

BLIND OF CENTRAL MISSOURI, SEDALIA AREA;

BRAILLE REVIVAL LEAGUE, STATEWIDE;

COUNTY LINE COUNCIL OF THE BLIND, HARRISONVILLE AREA;

DELTA AREA BLIND, SIKESTON AREA;

GATEWAY COUNCIL OF CITIZENS WITH LOW VISION, STATEWIDE;

JOPLIN SERVICE CLUB OF THE BLIND, JOPLIN AREA;

LAKE STOCKTON AREA COUNCIL OF THE BLIND, STOCKTON AREA;

LIBRARY USERS OF MISSOURI, STATEWIDE;

MISSOURI GUIDE DOG USERS, STATEWIDE;

NORTHEAST MISSOURI COUNCIL OF THE BLIND, KIRKSVILLE AREA;

OZARK ASSOCIATION OF THE BLIND, STE. GENEVIEVE AREA;

PONY EXPRESS ASSOCIATION OF THE BLIND, ST. JOSEPH AREA;

REAL INDEPENDENCE THROUGH EMPLOYMENT, ST. LOUIS AREA;

RIVER CITY WORKERS OF THE BLIND, CAPE GIRARDEAU AREA;

ST. CHARLES COUNCIL OF THE BLIND, ST. CHARLES AREA;

ST. LOUIS COUNCIL OF THE BLIND, ST. LOUIS AREA;

SOUTH CENTRAL MISSOURI OZARK ASSOCIATION OF THE BLIND, WEST PLAINS AREA;

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI UNITED BLIND, POPLAR BLUFF AREA;

SOUTHWEST MISSOURI FRIENDSHIP COUNCIL OF THE BLIND, JOPLIN AREA;

SPRINGFIELD SERVICE CLUB OF THE BLIND, SPRINGFIELD AREA;

TOWER CLUB OF THE BLIND, ST. LOUIS AREA;

UNITED WORKERS OF THE BLIND, ST. LOUIS AREA;

WEST CENTRAL WORKERS OF THE BLIND, BUTLER AREA

you are NOT alone...reach out...we can provide support and encouragement...resources...and hope!

MISSOURI COUNCIL OF THE BLIND

IN ST LOUIS CALL 832-7172 - STATE WIDE CALL

1-800-342-5632

OR E-MAIL ME - KEN EMMONS - emmons4@ldd.net - FOR MORE INFORMATION

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