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Personalized Skill Development and​ Social Connections ​for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Central Illinois

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A Daughter's Perspective

We learned about the Educational Center for the Visually Impaired because this past summer, my father’s vision deteriorated rapidly – due to low copper and B12 levels.


Losing his sight was such a drastic change for him, and left him unable to do so many of the pastimes he loved doing independently (caring for his horse, gardening, reading, playing Solitaire).


For a period of time, his outlook seemed a bit hopeless. However, through Barnes/Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, we were given a contact list of possible services. Pleased to see one (and only one), in Springfield, I contacted the Educational Center for the Visually Impaired, and spoke with Peggy Dyson. My father was soon able to begin weekly lessons with Peggy. With her assistance, he is learning to use the white cane. He was a bit reluctant at first, because it would draw attention to his disability, but is adapting better to it each week!


As his daughter, I always felt a bit uneasy taking him to Dr. appointments, where I would have to drop him off near the door/entrance, then go park the car before meeting up with him. Once he acquired his white cane, I’m the one who actually felt a bit of relief, because, instead of watching my dad meander toward the door by himself, there was an immediate difference: it enabled him to maneuver better, and others were more aware…. I noticed people coming to help guide him through the door, or, to a chair! Having the cane was a sign to those around him of his visual condition; however, people were quite willing to provide assistance if he needed it – without him having to ask. It’s clear that using this white cane can make things a bit easier to navigate. I think he should name his white cane “Trusty”! (although my dad probably would dispute both the naming, and the name!!)


We still have a lot to learn, but we are extremely grateful to have this facility, and Peggy’s guidance to get through this new stage. Things are seeming more hopeful these days with Peggy’s help.


We are fortunate to have this valuable resource here in Springfield.

Friendship Fridays

Come on in or join us virtually on the 2nd Friday of each month for fellowship, laughter, and sharing! Email or call us for more information or to RSVP.

Book Club Fridays

Participants read the book in advance of the meeting, so RSVP below or call Peggy at 217-303-9062 and we'll give you the details. Students suggest and agree on which books to read, so join us and add your voice to the mix. Books are provided by Talking Books and sent directly to your home.


Here are the Book Club titles for 2021. We hope you find at least one that sounds interesting and join us!


2021 Book Titles

January - Driving Miss Norma

February - President's Ladies

March - A Man Called Oveda

April - Things They Carried

May - Texas Rising

June - Lost Girls of Paris

July - The Art of Racing in the Rain

August - Sins of the Father (J.P. Beauman)

September - Where the Crawdads Sing

October - Wright Brothers

November - Boys in the Boat

December - Macinaw Island Inside Upclose and Personal

Covid-19 Information: Visiting us at the center is by appointment only at the moment, but we're still providing personalized individual programs! Call us at 217-303-9062 to connect, check us out on Facebook or drop us an email.

Educational Center for the Visually Impaired

Personalized Skill Development and​ Social Connections
for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Central Illinois
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