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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.
Book Club Fridays
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