Four-day Conference for blind Missourians between the ages of 14 and 21
Missouri Council of the Blind (MCB), Missouri’s largest blind consumer organization, in conjunction with Rehab Services for the Blind will hold a four-day conference for young blind people between the ages of 14 and 21. The conference will be held August 3 – 6, 2017 at the Marriott West in Town and Country, Missouri.
The conference will present guest speakers from various organizations and businesses from all over the state. Many of the speakers are themselves blind and will offer advice and encouragement to the younger generation.
“The purpose of this conference,” says Denny Huff, president of MCB, “is to help prepare our younger blind generation for employment and give some real life success stories of blind people that have made careers in various fields of employment.”
Chris Gray, Executive Director of MCB says, “Although technology has advanced tremendously over the past several years to give the blind more access to the sighted world, there continues to be a 70% unemployment rate for the blind. We hope to help prepare these young blind people for employment in a field of their choice.”
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Chris Craig, deputy provost for the Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Craig’s primary research interests have been in promoting early literacy experiences for children and youth with disabilities and the roles of families in the home literacy process for this population. Dr. Craig has studied various forms of assistive technology for children and youth who are blind, including research on emerging technologies such as the Brainport, a device that provides images of the environment in real time directly to the visual cortex.
One of the highlights of the conference will be a three hour session on how to protect yourself by using what is called, a one touch self-defense presented by licensed instructor Roger Crome who is also blind.
There is no charge for any legally blind young person in Missouri to attend this conference. For registration and more information visit moblind.org or call 314-832-7172.
The Missouri Council of the Blind, Organized in 1956, is a 501(c)(3) organization with 22 affiliate branches providing support to visually impaired Missourians throughout the state of Missouri.