Center for visually impaired closes its doors

Center for visually impaired closes its doors
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A center that serves the Mid-South’s visually impaired is closing its doors.

A lack of funding is forcing the center to close. At the beginning of the year, the center’s board decided to find a new provider to take over Clovernook.

In a statement Friday the President and CEO Chris Faust said, "We have worked in good faith for several months to identify and transition these services to a local provider in the Mid-South region. We believed we had found an opportunity to do so, but in the last 48 hours, that opportunity fell through. "

Center for visually impaired closes its doors

Clovernook has a 100-year history of helping the country's visually impaired. This spring, they held a beeping Easter egg hunt that many adults said was their first time being able to participate.

Clovernook provides support for adults and children with visual impairments, including braille and cane lessons.

Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired restored Susan Hiller’s ability to carry out her day to day life after she began losing her vision in her 50′s. Hiller’s view of the world comes from what little vision she has left in her right eye.

“They teach everything. They teach blind people to be part of the community,” said Hiller. “There really is no other place in Memphis or anywhere else that has this.”

Hiller says Clovernook taught her how to be self-sufficient and independent. The center’s closure, she says, will make a big impact on the visually impaired and blind community.

The search for a new provider to take over Clovernook’s Memphis location is still ongoing.

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