Vision Department

Welcome to the Fort Zumwalt Vision Department!

Teachers of the Visually Impaired: Karen Carl, Rachel Doherty and Laura Gierer

O&M Instructor T.J. Hunt 


Subject: Summer Educational Opportunities for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Missouri School for the Blind is pleased to offer Missouri students who are blind or visually impaired six (6) summer sessions focused on developing abilities in Sports, Travel, Culinary Arts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Performing Arts and Activities of Daily Living.  Through Summer Explorations, MSB provides a non-traditional, high-quality, academic, and functional program designed to supplement the student's educational experience with an emphasis on the Expanded Core Curriculum for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Session 1A: Camp Abilities is a one-week educational sports camp for children and teens who are blind, visually impaired, and deafblind. Unlike most sports camps designed for people with visual impairments, Camp Abilities provides one-on-one instruction to each camper.

Session 1B: Exploring St. Louis is a 1-week program designed to introduce students who are blind or visually impaired to a variety of skills, techniques, and practical tips designed to make traveling in an unfamiliar environment fun and safe.

Session 1: Explorations in Culinary Arts ~ Bon Appétit is a 2-week program designed to introduce students who are blind or visually impaired to a variety of skills, techniques, and practical tips designed to make cooking fun, safe, and easy.

Session 2: Explorations in Performing Arts ~ Summer Drummin' is a 10-day immersion program designed to introduce students to a wide variety of musical concepts through instruction in the steelpan drum.  Students will participate in individual lessons, group practice sessions, and rehearsals to learn techniques, arrangement, improvisation, mallet work, and more.

Session 2: Explorations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is an exciting, interactive opportunity for students to work alongside experienced STEM staff to develop skills in teamwork and scientific inquiry which will help them to increase their independence while participating in laboratory-based classes.

Sessions 1 & 2: Independent Living is a 4-week immersion program designed to introduce students who are blind or visually impaired to the skills and concepts necessary to live, work, and play independently in the community.

Visit for more information, including a schedule of events and the registration form.  Parents may also contact Joy Waddell, Assistant Superintendent, at 314-776-4320 or

* Summer Sessions are provided free of charge for qualifying students.
* Transportation and supervised residential housing are provided for students outside the St. Louis metro area during the week.   Students return home on weekends.


St. Louis Regional Braille Challenge 2015 Braille Challenge Logo
Our Regional Braille Challenge took place on Feb. 15, 2017. Fort Zumwalt's Hannah Tracy and Anna Koepe both placed first in their divisions!

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


March 28, 2017 - St. Louis

March 31, 2017 - Springfield

April 7, 2017 - St. Louis

April 28, 2017 - St. Louis