The Conklin Center for Multihandicapped Blind is a rehab- ilitation center established to serve people who are blind and have other handicapping conditions.

Through evaluation and subsequent residential training our students learn skills which allow them greater independence and a chance to live full, productive lives - a chance many would not have otherwise. The Conklin Center is the only facility of its kind in the United States.

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Links to other areas of interest:

Calendar of Special Events for Conklin Center for Multihandicapped Blind

Blind Links Home Page - an index to many web pages relating to blindness

Daytona Beach Convention and Visitor's Bureau/ Chamber of Commerce

Lions InternationalLions International Home Page: info about the Lions Interna tional. (Under Construction.) The Conklin Center for Multihandicapped Blind is a major project of the Florida Lions. Our Center is proof positive of the Lions' motto: We Serve.

Conklin Center Biography:

About the Center:

The Conklin Center is widely respected for being the first and only agency in the United States dedicated to providing coordinated vocational and independent living services to individuals who are blind and have another handicapping condition. Our success has been due, in part, to the commitment of our staff and to widespread supportfrom the public and private sectors, including the Lions Clubs of Florida.

Our Students' Success is our Only Goal: Since its inception, the Conklin Center has significantly changed the lives of approximately 1,000 multihandicapped blind young adults. We serve about 65 individuals annually. These people, previously dependent, have learned employment and daily living skills, enabling them to be productive and more self-sufficient. They are young people who could rely on welfare; instead, they choose to work, to earn their own way, and to contribute to their community. Most are Floridians, but students have come to us from the rest of the United States, South America, and the Caribbean.

A Proven Track Record: The Conklin Center takes great pride in the fact that 86% of students who recently completed our vocational training program were gainfully employed, graduated to further academic or vocational training, or gained sufficient skills to be more self-supporting. In recent years, the Center's reputation has generated a substantial increase in requests for services. Incoming students must now wait 9 to 12 months to enter our programs. Although pleased with this growth, the increase had strained our facility, now nineteen years old. With this concern that the quality of future services may be compromised, the Center completed a $3.5 million building renovation and expansion which doubled our capacity in 1997. We are now able to house improved rehabilitation programs, provide more cost-effective services, and maintain the personalized attention essential to our students' success.

Current Expansion Plans: We have started to open a satellite office in Orlando in order to provide Supported Employment and Supported Living services for multihandicapped blind adults in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Lake Counties. This program will assist these often neglected citizens to obtain and maintain competitive jobs.

We're making a difference: The multihandicapped blind are a neglected segment of our population. Due to their multiple disabilities, they often lead dependent lives, relying on families or institutions to provide for all their needs. Given the chance, however, many can become independent in spite of their difficulties. Lion Millard Conklin realized this and founded the Center in 1979 to offer services that would provide that chance.

THANK YOU!.So many people have given their time, talents and money in the past year to help us succeed. There's so much volunteers can do to help our students succeed! If you would like to contribute in any way, please call us at (904) 258-3441, or e-mail us: .

Donations are welcome. Visa and MasterCard are accepted for all special events and donations to the Conklin Center.

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