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

2015 Braille Challenge Logo

Missouri Regional Braille Challenge Results are in!!

The annual Regional Braille Challenge took place Feb. 14 at Missouri School f/t Blind. Fort Zumwalt had three students participating as well as two former students we were excited to see! At the Sophomore level, Anna Koepke won 4th place and Hannah Tracy won second place! At the Varsity level, Alexis Kaibel won 3rd place. Great job! We are very proud of them!

It's Never Too Early to Plan for Summer!!

There are lots of great opportunities this summer, so don't miss out. SOAR applications were due Feb. 6, so hopefully you were able to get yours in if you were interested. If you have a high school student, be sure to check it out next year.SOAR

For a week-long camping experience, specifically designed with individuals with low vision and blindness in mind, Camp Barnabas continues to be a favorite. It is being held July 8-13. Applications are due May 1. You can find more information, application, and scholarship info here: Camp Barnabas

If you're looking for a sports experience specifically designed for individuals with low vision and blindness, you have two opportunities!
LHB Sports Camp is being held June 22-24. One of our students has been invited to volunteer for this event! You can find out more here: LHB Sports Camp
Camp Abilities is a camp that is catching on across the United States. This week-long camp is offered locally at Missouri School for the Blind July 9-13. Find out more here: Camp Abilities

Missouri School for the Blind is offering a great line-up of Exploration Programs this summer:
Independent Living: July 9- Aug. 3- Applied Academic Skills, Applied Activities of Daily Living, Employment Skills Development, and Leisure Recreation Skills
​College and Career Planning​: July 9-20
​Accessible Travel I and II​- I July 16-20, II July 16-20
STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math- July 23- Aug. 3.
Performing Arts-Broadway and the MSB Way July 23- Aug. 3
You can find out more here: MSB Summer Programs

If you're looking to have some fun with braille, check out these two programs:
Braille Brilliance offered by St. Louis Lighthouse for the Blind- offered any time in your home. You can find out more here: Braille Brilliance
NFB BELL Academy is a week-long day program held at the Delta Gamma Center July 23- Aug. 3. You can find out more by contacting Jenny Carmack at You can also visit: NFB Bell Academy


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. 



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.


March 23, 2018 - Columbia Public Library, Columbia, MO

March 28, 2018 - Delta Gamma Center, St. Louis

April 27, 2018 - Delta Gamma Center, St. Louis

May 23, 2018 - Delta Gamma Center, St. Louis


Jennifer Coy

Program Director

Phone: 573-579-4359