MLV Foundation is proud to be hosting our second MOKA Conference for the Blind. MOKA is an acronym for Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas. The dates for this conference are May 28-30, 2024. This four-state area conference will be held at the beautiful University Plaza Hotel, 333 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield, MO.
In the four-state region, there are over 450,000 blind or visually impaired. The blind and visually impaired often find themselves isolated. MLV Foundation Inc hopes to help meet the social and emotional needs of this under-served population and to help give them purpose and flourish.
There are lots of outstanding organizations within our four-state area (and beyond) to help the blind community. Many of these may be unknown to those who are newly blind and our conference will help to inform them what is here in our own backyard, as well as nationally.
We have added a full additional day to the schedule, a bigger exhibitor hall, more breakout sessions, and more fun activities and time to be able to connect with others. We will close out the conference with a fundraiser dinner and concert for the MLV Foundation. Registration is now open. We will again offer a Early Bird Registration of $200, that will end November 30th. So, if you want to save a little money, be sure to get your registration in early. We understand funding can be limited when it comes to attending conferences like this and we strive to make things easier for you, so we will accept payment arrangements for your registration fee. $50 deposit ($25 non-refundable) and then payment in full by February 1, 2024. Contact us directly to set this up.
We have just secured transportation for those in Oklahoma with pickups in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and are working on transportation for Missourians as well. More details to come. Transportation scholarships to help pay for transportation costs will be available and the application form will be up soon.
Deaf/Blind Missourians may be able to apply for scholarship opportunities through Vancro to help cover conference and hotel expenses.
Breakout Session Topics
Take a look at some of the Breakout Sessions we will be having this year! Gardening by Touch, Indoor Navigation for All, Grilling & Cooking Independently, Resources for Blinded Veterans, Empowering Inclusion, Regional Recreational Opportunities, Accessible Gaming, Personal Safety, All Things Alexa, DEI and Job Seeking, Building Custom Solutions with Standard Video Magnifiers, Achieving Financial Goals with Vision Loss, and more.
Thank you to our Sponsors/Exhibitors!
Arkansas Division of Services for the Blind