Vision Department

Welcome to the Fort Zumwalt Vision Department!

Teacher of the Visually Impaired: Karen Carl
O&M Instructor: Klaus Mittelstadt

Second Semester News

We are halfway through our school year and the Braille Challenge is coming up. Anna and Abby M. will be attending and competing this year. Wish them luck

Breaking News!

After 30 years of serving students with vision impairments and blindness, Mrs. Karen Carl will be retiring. I will miss all of my students and paraprofessionals. It's been a terrific ride and I've fully enjoyed getting to know everyone.

At Home Resources

#AtHomeWithAPH Resources: APH is putting together a list of activities for you to do at home including experiments, lessons, and art. Also, stay tuned for a series of free webinars on some of their favorite products.

Virtual Expanded Core Education Learning (ExCEL) Academy for Students with Visual Impairments offers free daily lessons for students with visual impairments. Paths to Literacy is collaborating with APH (American Printing House for the Blind) and CalState University to present this programming. Qualified teachers of students with visual impairments from around the country will be presenting a range of lessons. You can call in via Zoom or connect via the Internet.

VISTAS Education Partners Inc is offering a National Homework Hotline for Blind/Visually Impaired Students (NHH-BVI): In response to the wave of K-12 school closures across the United States due to COVID-19, a few concerned teachers of students with visual impairments and advocates got together to organize a free, homework help hotline for blind/visually impaired students.

Breezy Special Ed offers distance special education materials. This site has materials for students with a variety of disabilities. Several are specifically designed or blind students and some others are good for any student (such as the independent living skills/chore chart).

Accessibyte Online is offering free access to its entire cloud platform of apps for blind, low vision, deaf and reading impaired students. Highly visual and fully audible typing tutor, games, flash cards.

Working Together to Support Students with Visual Impairments to Access Curriculum: AFB's Director of Research, Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum, has launched a volunteer project to support our pre-K through high school students with visual impairments in gaining access to materials. We know that there are students with visual impairments who do not have full access to online curriculum, supplemental activities, or resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The idea of this project is to connect students and their families to volunteers who want to provide support during this unprecedented time of need. We're working to locate volunteers who can support students with needs. Update: Thank you so much to the 48 teachers who have signed up to volunteer! Families, let us know if you need support. Learn how you can provide or request support.

Each Thursday at 11 am, NFB is offering interactive lessons for blind children and their families on Zoom. They are also developing online educational activities and lessons, including a braille story time. NFB is also collecting information on the needs of their members in order to more effectively serve them and direct NFB’s advocacy.

TVI O&M Activities for School at Home (1).pdf

CVI resources while you are home


Reading Resources

As AFB’s most famous ambassador once said, “Every book put into the hands of the sightless is a rainbow crystal that reveals the wonders of earth and the spiritual resources within our reach.” Taking a cue from Helen Keller’s wise words, what follows is a list of some of the reading resources that are generally accessible to audiences with vision loss.

  • Your local public library is a terrific resource. Many are pulling together calendars of virtual events and activities. Most public libraries also have apps like Overdrive or Hoopla where you can download audiobooks, TV shows, and movies.

  • National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled offers the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) to download audio and braille books and magazines. BARD is available for IOS, Android, or Fire devices.

  • If you haven’t yet signed up for Bookshare (and Bookshare for Students), now is the time! Read over 800,000 titles on almost any device, including smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, computers, and assistive technology devices. Bookshare has also created a useful list of resources for students, educators, and parents.

  • Benetech provided a useful roundup of the resources they are providing to support Inclusive Access to Information, and remote learning during COVID-19 school disruptions.

  • Audible is also offering hundreds of free audiobooks for kids during COVID-19 school closures. Just go to to access audiobooks for preschoolers through teens.

  • The Accessible Books Consortium’s (ABC) Global Book Service has passed a major milestone, with half a million accessible works now available for cross-border, clearance-free exchange to benefit people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ABC Global Book Service is an online catalogue for the international exchange of accessible books by participating libraries for the blind, which share items in their collections and distribute accessible books obtained through ABC to their patrons who are print disabled.



Free Low Vision Clinic: Eye Report and Devices

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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. 



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.



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. Students are able to participate in this clinic yearly if needed.


Jennifer Coy

Program Director

Phone: 573-579-4359

Email: [email protected]