Vision Department

Welcome to the Fort Zumwalt Vision Department!

Teachers of the Visually Impaired: Karen Carl and Rachel Doherty
Early Childhood TVI: Debbie Head
O&M Instructor: T.J. Hunt

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

We are excited about the new changes happening around the school district. We are happy to have our new Early Childhood facility open and have Debbie Head continue to contract with us to provide early childhood TVI services. We are thrilled that the Vision Department will now have a permanent home at the Special Services Building-SSB (317 School St., O'Fallon, MO next to Hope High). You can reach Karen there at 636-474-8539. Rachel will still best be reached at Pheasant Point Elementary, but you can also leave phone messages at SSB. We are super excited to have Lori High join us as our practicum student for the school year. She will shadow each of the TVIs so that she can get the best, most rounded out training possible. Laura Gierer is no longer with Fort Zumwalt as she decided to take on a full time TVI position at Francis Howell. We will miss her, but wish her the best!  


Summer 2017 Happenings!

Karen Carl finished her certification to teach deafblind from East Carolina University, and now has the distinction of being the only certified TODB (Teacher of the Deafblind) in the state of Missouri! This summer Ben from SH and Mrs. Carl attended the first annual Midwest Transition Weekend for Deafblind Teens in Indiana. It was a super event and we both really enjoyed it. Missouri sent Missouri Deafblind Project leaders and one other high school student from St. Louis. We were joined by staff, parents, teens, and adults with deafblindness from all over the Midwest. 

Ben talks to the group at the Midwest Institute Youth and Adults with deafblindness attending the Midwest Institute

This summer Hannah and Tavi attended the SOAR (Summer Orientation & Mobility and Adapted Living resource program) and had a great time. Mrs. Carl went to visit on their SOAR Visit Day and they were having so much fun, they didn't want to think about coming home!! If you get a chance, ask them about their time at SOAR. You can watch a video about their experiences at:
If you are 16 or older, you can apply to attend next summer. Be on the lookout for emails.

Other News


Free Low Vision Clinic: Eye Report and Devices


Comprehensive Low Vision Project                  

The Comprehensive Low Vision Project (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. 


 Comprehensive Low Vision Clinic


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.


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.



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.


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.


Low Vision Clinic


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


August 7, 2017 - St. Louis

August 25, 2017 - St. Louis

September 13, 2017 - Cape Girardeau

September 15, 2017 - St. Louis

September 29, 2017 - St. Louis

November 3, 2017 - St. Louis

November 17, 2017 - St. Louis

December 1, 2017 - St. Louis


Jennifer Coy

Program Director

Phone: 573-579-4359