The mission is to strengthen services and shorten the response time for providing supports to young children with visual impairments and blindness and their families through a central contact point for medical providers, educators, and other agencies in the Ozarks and beyond.
The Drury University Children's Vision Center is located in the Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks on 1661 W. Elfindale in Springfield.
Currently, the center is in the process of making parent contacts and collaborating with First Steps to conduct parent meetings.
For more information, contact Jacqueline Craig at (417) 831-0555 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“No matter what the outcome, we can find a pathway to enable your baby to become all that she can be. I went completely blind at the age of 16, but struggled most of my life with reading and other visual tasks. If we find that your baby does not have much in the way of functional vision, we will intervene quickly and teach her those concepts that might be otherwise acquired without intervention by infants and toddlers with sight. I can tell you this, hold your baby close, and read aloud to her as often as your schedule will permit.
There is so much your baby will learn by the sound of your voice and the language she will eventually acquire as her life experiences unfold. If your baby is blind, there is really no better time to be blind than right now. The world will be at her finger tips. There is so much out there in terms of access to information and tools to make life easier. Always keep your hope and expectations high, and love your baby for who she is and what she will eventually be able to do. We are in this together and I believe, based on my life experiences and training, everything will be ok.”
-Dr. Chris Craig