St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired
8770 Manchester Road
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 968-9000 (Local)
(314) 968-9003 (Fax)

Brief Description

Founded in 1911 and organized for the purpose of carrying on programs in support of the prevention of blindness and for educational, benevolent, and charitable activities for, and on behalf of blind individuals, the Society currently serves more than 1,500 individuals annually. Over the years, the programs and services have evolved to primarily serve older adults who are newly blind or visually impaired through community, home based, and agency services. Most recently, the Society has expanded into providing services to school age students in local school districts in Illinois and Missouri.

The Society is the only agency of its kind serving the Saint Louis area, and the second oldest of its kind west of the Mississippi River.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Clients served on average per year: 1,500
Number of staff: 22
Staff description: All program staff are nationally certified or state-licensed in their areas of expertise.
Geographic area served: St. Louis and the 50-mile radius around it.
Publications: Newsletter, Annual Report, Quarterly Calendar of Activities.


David Ekin, President & CEO, (314) 968-9000 103,
Becky Lory, Low Vision Specialist,
Brenda Wendling, Director of Adult Services, (314) 301-7374,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Provides social and adaptive living assessments, braille assessments and other assessments for community services as needed. Evaluates for appropriate large-print/speech programs.
  • Assistive Products
    • Distributes low vision devices and adaptive ADL equipment. Products for sale on site.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Individualized one-on-one assessment, demonstration and training in a variety of adaptive software and aids.
  • Counseling
    • Offers individual adjustment counseling, support groups, and family education.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in independent living skills for individuals, primarily in the home setting. Some group cooking classes.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides referrals to community resources, state programs, and employment services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up through low vision clinic and home visits. Has loan program for magnifiers and CCTVs. Maintains and distributes over 200 different magnifiers in inventory.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers weekly leisure groups, craft and ceramics classes. Provides in-home and on-site recreation services, such as trips to MUNY opera, symphonies, baseball games.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Offers a full range of vision rehabilitation services to older adults, including transportation assistance to society services. Majority of individuals served are experiencing age-related vision loss. The goal of all services, which are moslty provided in-home, is to help individuals remain independent.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers an eight-week closed-ended support group several times a year, as well as Family Education Evening several times a year.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides training and instruction for safe and independent travel in home, neighborhood and community. Training in public transportation, white cane and sighted guide.
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