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Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
615 Howerton Court
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-4249 (Local)
(573) 751-4984 (Fax)
(800) 592-6004 (Toll-Free)
Janice.M.Phillips@dss.mo.gov
http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/rsb/

Brief Description

Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind is a state agency that is funded with both federal and state funds. We serve individuals who are blind or visually impaired of all ages. Our programs include: Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Independent Living Rehabilitation, Older Blind Services Program, Prevention of Blindness, Business Enterprise Program, and Children Services.

Missouri's Older Blind Services Program provides services to Missouri’s seniors who are blind or visually impaired in order to assist them achieve self sufficiency and empower them to participate in their home and community. The purpose of the program is to help these seniors maintain, regain, or increase their independence, enable them and their family members create an independent environment and improve their quality of life. Services provided include but are not limited to: Low vision services, reading and writing Braille, Assistive technology training, orientation and mobility, communication skills, personal management skills, home management, and training in other daily living activities. The Program's goal is to help Missouri's seniors who are blind or visually impaired increase their independence and be able to remain in their own homes.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: Approximately 3,000
Staff description: Specialists in vocational rehabilitation counselers, rehabilitation teachers, employment specialists, Orientation and mobility instructors, rehabilitation assistants, support staff, business enterprise program staff, children's specialist, and management staff.
Geographic area served: Missouri.
Publications: None

Locations

9900 Page Avenue, Suite 105
St. Louis, MO 63132-1431

149 Park Central Square, Room 640
Springfield, MO 65806

3418 Knipp Dr.
Suite A-2
P.O. Box 919
Jefferson City, MO 65102

615 East Thirteenth Street, Room 409
Kansas City, MO 64106

3867 MagnoliaAve.
St. Louis, MO 63110

P.O Box 369
106 Arthur
Sikeston, MO 63801

4309 East 50th Terrace
Suite B
Kansas City, MO 64130

Staff

Mark Laird, Deputy Director, Division of Family Services, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind, (573) 751-4249, mark.laird@dss.mo.gov
Zeze Miller, Program Manager, Older Blind ServicesMissouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind, (573) 751-8903, zeze.o.miller@dss.mo.gov
Michael StJulien, Assistant Deputy Director, (573) 751-4989, Michael.A.StJulien@dss.mo.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Assessments provided as needed.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer and assistive technology training.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers diagnosis and evaluation, counseling and guidance, referral, physical and mental restoration. Provides instruction in personal management, communication techniques, homemaking activities, travel, home mechanics and economics, and orientation and mobility.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers evaluation, vocational training, job development and placement, support services, post-employment services, services to family members, training and placement of blind persons in vending facilities and other small business enterprises, computer/adaptive equipment training and job retention services. Offers postsecondary education for vocational rehabilitation clients.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Provides low vision devices for eligible consumers based on needs and plans.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Missouri's Older Blind Services Program provides services to Missouri’s seniors who are blind or visually impaired in order to assist them achieve self sufficiency and empower them to participate in their home and community. The purpose of the program is to help these seniors maintain, regain, or increase their independence, enable them and their family members create an independent environment and improve their quality of life. Services provided include but are not limited to: Low vision services, reading and writing Braille, Assistive technology training, orientation and mobility, communication skills, personal management skills, home management, and training in other daily living activities. The Program's goal is to help Missouri's seniors who are blind or visually impaired increase their independence and be able to remain in their own homes.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Counseling
    • Provides casework and/or counseling services to assist the family in maximizing the child's potential and minimizing the impact of blindness.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Children 14 and older are also served by RSB in our vocational rehabilitation transition program.
  • Information and Referral
    • RSB staff provide referral and resource information to schools and families about issues involving vision loss.
  • Support for Parents
    • RSB staff provide parent education on how to stimulate blind or visually impaired children and on how to enhance independent living skills. RSB staff provide advocacy services for blind or visually impaired children and their families. RSB staff will, at the request of families or schools, attend IEP meetings to help identify children's needs and how to meet those needs.

      Provides advocacy, parent education and support services to families with blind/visually impaired children of all ages.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides public education and information about blindness and the capacity of blind individuals.

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