Alphapointe

General Information

Alphapointe
7501 Prospect Ave.
Kansas City Missouri USA 64132
(816) 421 5848
cberry@alphapointe.org
http://www.alphapointe.org

Brief Description

Vision loss doesn’t have to mean a loss of independence…Alphapointe was founded in 1911, incorporated in 1916 and received 501c3 status in 1941. In 1918, the visually impaired started manufacturing brooms, mats and other hand-made goods.1950s started manufacturing pens. 1950s, also helped establish Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. 1985, began serving seniors. 1993, KC Association for the Blind changed name to Alphapointe Association for the Blind. 1995, began manufacturing plastic products. 2000, further expanded its services by implementing the area’s only Comprehensive Vision Rehabilitation Center. 2010, opened Low Vision Clinic. 2012, the Association for the Blind was removed from the Alphapointe name. 2014, merged with the NY City Industries for the Blind to expand manufacturing efforts and job placement. Today we are the 25th largest manufacture in KC and the 3rd largest employer of individuals who are legally blind in America (223). In 2016, we directly served 1,808 individuals and through community outreach educated 5,648 individuals. For more than 100 years, Alphapointe has provided employment, education and rehabilitation services to the visually impaired.

Staff

Clay Berry,Director of Education & Rehabilitation ,cberry@alphapointe.org,816 421 5848

Gina Gowin,VP Programs & Services,ggowin@alphapointe.org,816 237 2025

Reinhard Mabry,President/CEO,rmabry@alphapointe.org,816 237 2031

Services Offered

  • Assistive Products
    • Sells assistive products.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Braille instruction is targeted toward the goal of providing students with an alternative to print for daily use at home, school, and workplace.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers training in the use of assistive technology.
  • Counseling
    • Offers counseling.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in activities of daily living, communication (braille and computer instruction) skills and vocational rehabilitation.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services concentrate on individual training and are administered by professionally certified and licensed staff. All services are focused on client needs for immediate community employment. Services include adjustment to blindness and counseling needs; independence in orientation, mobility and daily living skills; academic, written and vocational skills; computer aptitudes and interests. Educational services include school-to-work and college prep.
  • Health
    • Offers diabetes education.
  • Health Services
    • Offers diabetes education.
  • In-Home Services
    • Provides in-home assistance for seniors.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides referrals to other agencies.
  • Library Services
    • Provides braille transcription and cassette tapes.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Offers low vision services.
  • Reading Services
    • Offers reading services.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers recreation acitivities for seniors.
  • Services for Seniors
    • We provide older adults with vision loss the tools to maximize their functional vision and independence. Services are provided at the clinic or in-home by an occupational therapist specializing in low vision. Individualized training is provided based on an evaluation of the person's functional vision and activities of daily living. Patients are instructed in adaptive techniques and equipment to improve their independent living skills.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.