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Adaptive technology grants available in St. Charles County

The St. Charles County Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired [SCCCB] has initiated a new Adaptive Technology Grants Program to fulfill its mission of enriching the lives of legally blind St. Charles County residents.

Through its matching funds grant program, SCCCB assists legally blind St. Charles County residents obtain adaptive technology by matching each applicant dollar for dollar toward the purchase of the needed equipment. Adaptive technology is considered hardware, software, electronics, equipment, et cetera that stands alone or works in conjunction with a computer that makes it possible for those without sight to do things that sighted people can do without adaptive technology. Other items that qualify in this grant program include magnifiers, talking clocks, pen friends, and talking calculators. This grant program does not cover cellphones or computers. Only new adaptive technology is covered, including upgrades to newer versions. Used or previously owned adaptive technology is not covered.

The SCCCB Adaptive Technology Grants Program guidelines are as follows:

• Grants will be awarded to legally blind St. Charles County residents.

• Each grant will be matched dollar for dollar by the grant applicant.

• Any purchase made prior to grant application will not be eligible for a grant.

• No person will be eligible for more than a total of $500 of matching funds within a three-year period.

• The minimum grant award shall be $25.

To request an application form, email bkaskadden@centurytel.net.

SCCCB member/business meetings are normally held at 6:45 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Spencer Library.

SCCCB is an affiliate of the Missouri Council of the Blind.  If you join SCCCB, you automatically become a member of MCB, which also has programs to assist with obtaining adaptive technology.

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