March, 2 2019 | 8:00 pm
326 South Ave. Springfield, MO 65806
Saturday March 2, 2019
Doors @ 8pm
$10 at door
Over time, adaptive technology has helped to level the playing field between those who are blind and those who are sighted. We have witnessed great success in this area, but often times, there is not enough funding to help bridge that gap as many of these devices can be quite expensive.
So on Saturday, March 2nd, we are giving you all the opportunity to help make a difference!
Organized in 1956, the Missouri Council of the Blind (MCB) is the largest blind-consumer organization in the state of Missouri. With 19 local affiliates and 5 special interest affiliates throughout Missouri, MCB plays a crucial role in supporting the blind community across the state. In order to meet the needs of those who are blind and/or visually impaired throughout Missouri, MCB offers a variety of programs and benefits that enable those living with this disability the opportunity to live more productive and active lives.
Such programs include, but are not limited to, Educational Scholarships, Adaptive Technology Grants, Health Benefits, Special Services, Summer Camp Programs, Youth Services, and more. The Missouri Council of the Blind also spends much time working in the area of advocacy and community partnerships.
Living with blindness poses daily challenges and successes.
Daily activities such as driving a car, cooking dinner, reading ingredients/labels, washing clothing, mowing the lawn, taking the proper medications, adjusting a home thermostat, general house cleaning, mailing a letter, and so many more are all much harder for those living with a visual impairment. Furthermore, performing functions in work environments are more difficult and strenuous for those who are blind.
Surprisingly, over 70 percent of individuals who are blind/visually impaired are unemployed in the United States.
Studies have shown that most of these individuals are willing and able to work, but are unable to find jobs. Adaptive technologies and devices have been proven to lower unemployment levels for those living with blindness while also enabling those individuals more opportunities to live better lives.
For these reasons and more, MCB offers Adaptive Technology Grants via our Adaptive Technology Inc. affiliate. The need for funding in this area grows every year, making it that much harder to meet the demand.
This is your opportunity to provide an assist to those who are blind in Missouri!
With your help, we are raising $10,000 over nine weeks for adaptive technology that will be doled out all across our state to those in need!
Thank you for shining the light and for your support!