Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind

General Information

Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
615 Howerton Court
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751 4249

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.


Michael StJulien, Assistant Deputy Director, Michael.A.StJulien@dss.mo.gov, 573 751 4989

Zeze Miller, Program Manager, Older Blind Services, Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind, zeze.o.miller@dss.mo.gov, 573 751 8903

Services Offered

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Assessment
    • Assessments provided as needed.

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer and assistive technology training.

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

  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Provides low vision devices for eligible consumers based on needs and plans.

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

  • Health
    • Provides vision screening, glaucoma testing, and diagnosis and follow-up treatment to eligible persons that may include surgery, hospitalization, eyeglasses, medication, prostheses.