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Blind/Visually Impaired Summer Program deadline is March 31, 2014

The Southwest Expanded Education Program (SWEEP) is for grades 7-10 students
The Southwest Expanded Education Program (SWEEP) is for grades 7-10 students
Greenwood Lab School at MSU

A new program for students who are blind or visually impaired entering the 7th to 10th grade will be June 9-27, 2014. The applications for this program must be received by March 31, 2014. Areas taught include Orientation &Mobility, Activities of Daily Living, Recreation and Leisure, swimming lessons and exercise. The Southwest Expanded Education Program (SWEEP) will be held at the Greenwood Lab School at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. The Director, Julie Anderson-Ituarte, a blindness skills specialist at MSU, will be working closely with the ten students who are chosen Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. These three weeks of education and instruction will meet three areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) needs for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Each SWEEP student will receive at least two hours of Orientation & Mobility services per week from a Certified O&M Specialist. Organization skills will be taught in the Daily Living portion of the program while each student will be expected to prepare, cook and clean up their own lunch meal and snacks. The Recreation and Leisure/Fitness segment will help students learn how to swim using a proper stroke and how to be safe around water. Additionally, exercise equipment such as a treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical and rowing machines will be used.

Eligibility requirements and an application can be found at Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis. For SWEEP information locally, contact Julie Anderson-Ituarte (417-836-5490) or Aundrayah Shermer (417-836-8872). Mail completed application to: Lighthouse for the Blind, attn: Angie Yorke, 10440 Trenton Avenue, St. Louis , MO 63132 or email

SWEEP is the newest program from Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis, a not-for-profit manufacturing and packaging organization with a dedicated social service mission that helps children and adults who are visually impaired or blind maintain dignity and independence by offering employment, education and support services.