“There are so many great organizations out there waiting to help people who have lost their vision. I’m glad MindsEye makes a point of connecting listeners to them.” - Rita, retired accessibility instructor

If you had to take the interests of MindsEye supporters and put them in one phrase what would it be?

Looking at the 2016 Fr. Wittenbrink, OMI Visionary Award winners, we see a uniting theme: a vision for the St. Louis area that profoundly affects the blind community here. The 2016 Soirée was MindsEye's formal opportunity to honor these individuals and present them with their awards. We would also like to take a moment here to recognize their achievements.

Honorees Jay and Lisa Adams are longtime supporters of MindsEye, and as the years have passed, the two have been involved in different roles. Jay served on the MindsEye Advisory Board for years and on the Soirée Committee as well. In fact, Jay was part of the Committee that created the name “Soirée pour la Vue.” Lisa supports MindsEye through her work as publisher of Marketplace Magazine and in the St. Clair County East Rotary Club.

As President of Lighthouse for the Blind – St. Louis, John Thompson’s daily activities uphold MindsEye’s mission. Lighthouse for the Blind provides employment and other programs for individuals with visual impairments. John has seen the importance of MindsEye in the lives of his employees. He believes that “access to all the typical print materials in a timely manner is critical to full inclusion in daily life.”

Photo credit: Missouri Guide Dog Users

Steve Schnelle is a MindsEye listener and active in promoting services for the blind and visually impaired. Many people know him from his work as a rehabilitation teacher at Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. Vision loss can spawn depression and isolation, but Steve fights this by helping people with visual impairments learn to interact with their environment, use assistive technologies, and become more independent.

For more information, please watch these videos produced by Visionary Media in honor of these individuals.