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: Lisa Traynor

Fort is ready for the new year!

Fort the Guide Dog is the Vision Department's mascot. Most of our students have gotten to meet him. If you haven't yet, you soon will. Students last year and over the summer have had fun writing about his adventures. His stories will be shared at the Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference this fall! We look forward to seeing the kids and having a great school year!

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2019 Missouri Regional Braille Challenge Results

Attending this spring from WH was Hannah Tracy. She  placed 2nd in the Freshman division. SM alumnus senior Alexis Kaibel won 3rd in the Varsity division. Progress South alumnus Gage Hendricks participated for the first time and received an Honorable Mention in the Freshman division. St. Peters alumnus Tyler Groves placed first in the Sophomore division. Congratulations to everyone!

Hannah Tracy receiving her 2nd place certificate for the Braille Challenge Participants of the 2019 Braille Challenge



Free Low Vision Clinic: Eye Report and Devices

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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.


Jennifer Coy

Program Director

Phone: 573-579-4359

Email: [email protected]