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Lighthouse for the Blind-St. Louis - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Lighthouse for the Blind-St. Louis
10440 Trenton Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-1223
(314) 423-4333 (Local)
(800) 542-3697 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

The mission of the Lighthouse for the Blind is to assist individuals who are legally blind to maintain dignity and independence by making available employment, education, and support services. Since 1940, the Lighthouse has supplied a variety of goods and services to the Federal Government. They currently operate two manufacturing facilities and have extensive lab facilities and an experienced technical staff that develops, formulates, and produces new products. Lighthouse for the Blind offers "See the Future" outreach programs to provide assistance to children and students in areas of technology adaptations, activities of daily living skill development, scholarships to educational and recreational camps and a mobile low vision clinic. These programs are available for those that are blind, legally blind, visually impaired and function at the definition of blindness (FDB). FDB is defined as indicating blindness due to brain injury or disfunction. An Optometrist or Ophthalmologist must confirm all vision impairments

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 7:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 1000
Number of staff: 108
Geographic area served: Missouri and Illinois counties of Madison, Monroe, Jersey, Calhoun and St. Clair.
Publications: Insight (newsletter).


8833 Fleischer Place
Berkeley, MO 63134


Brittney Smithers, Marketing/Sales Specialist, (314) 423-4333 133,
John Thompson, President,
Angie Yorke, Manager, Blind Community Enrichment Programs, (314) 423-4333 132,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers employment to individuals that are legally blind. Manufactures and sells products in first aid kits, aerosol paints, pressurized air dusters, dog repellant, Quake Care and Tear Mender.Products are for sale online. Our goal is to continuously search for, hire, develop, motivate, challenge, promote, and retain excellent talent. We offer a full range of opportunities in: •Accounting •Business Development •Community Enrichment •Customer Service •Human Resources •Information Technology •Manufacturing •Medical Packaging •Purchasing •Sales and Marketing •Technical Services
  • Low Vision Services
    • Low Vision Aid Program- The Low Vision Aid program is a need based program for adults who are visually impaired and want to obtain financial assistance to purchase a CCTV or Handheld Video Magnifier.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Braille Brilliance-Mission: To provide students and families with goal-focused braille tutoring and to provide students with opportunities to connect with other braille readers and develop a positive image of braille through fun braille-related activities. Braille Brilliance Services: •In-Home Braille Tutoring •Fun Braille Group Activities •Braille Pen Pal Program Details: •Any braille students in grades K-12 •Free in-home tutoring for the child and/or parent in braille (not general academics) •Instruction for mastery of specific goals based on teacher, parent, and student input •Fun braille-related group activities quarterly •Braille pen pal program with other Braille Brilliance students •Complements braille instruction provided in school •If you prefer, students can participate in just one or two aspects of the program (group activities, tutoring, or pen pals).
  • Employment/Job Training
    • The Summer Orientation & Mobility and Adapted Living Resource program (S.O.A.R. – St. Louis) - An intensive, structured three week residential training program that provides specialized instruction to youth ages 15-21 who are blind and legally blind who intend to attend college, a vocational training program or seek competitive employment.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Comprehensive Low Vision Project - provides low vision students with functional low vision evaluations, prescribed optical devices, and training in the use of those devices.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Offers consultation services.

Ongoing Events/Programs

Sports Camp

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