Alphapointe. Vision. For life.

Alphapointe is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has continued to serve people who are blind and visually impaired since 1911. Headquartered in Kansas City, Alphapointe is the third largest single employer of visually impaired individuals in the U.S., employing over 400 people in nine locations in four states, including our main operations in Kansas City, Missouri and our facility in Queens, New York.

1877-08-15 15:48:37

Legacy of the Founder

How did the simple act of a sister encouraging her little brother 120 years ago help define Alphapointe today?

1900-09-01 12:32:40

No Pity Needed

In September of 1900, a 23-year-old man named Eugene Condon traveled to Nebraska City with the intent of changing the trajectory of his life. Blinded a few years earlier, Condon was eager to free himself from a seemingly endless cycle of anger, heartbreak and depression.

1908-08-01 15:48:37

Blind Workers Associations

Although scores of blind men and women look for ways to support themselves, occupational opportunities remain scarce. Only 16 industrial programs across the United States in major cities employ blind workers, forcing many to rely on the generosity of others to survive.

1911-09-10 10:37:16

Leveling the Playing Field

Alphapointe traces its founding back to an eventful Labor Day rally where the individual journeys of 30 blind advocates intersect in Kansas City’s Budd Park. Together, blind and sighted alike join forces to form the Association of Workers for the Blind of Greater Kansas City, the precursor to Alphapointe.

1913-09-01 15:48:37

Creating Opportunities for the Blind

How do the accomplishments of two men a century ago help shape Alphapointe today?

1916-05-01 15:48:37

Defying the Odds

Defying the odds and entrenched prejudices, Hayes H. Brooks becomes the first blind student to receive a law degree from the Kansas City School of Law.

1917-05-14 19:00:21

Catherine Hale Home for the Blind

Intent on helping blind women develop greater independence, Alphapointe rents an eight-room house and christens it the Catherine Hale Home for Blind Women.

1918-10-31 22:23:30

Generosity of W. G. Whitcomb

Thanks to the generosity of businessman W. G. Whitcomb and his wife, Alphapointe is deeded a property at 1432 W. Prospect, which will become home to association’s new workshop. Club rooms for employees and their families at the site are completed two years later.

1918-12-16 15:48:37

First Workshop

Under the direction of blind foreman Edgar Schaeffer, Alphapointe’s first workshop opens at 415 W. Sixth Street in Kansas City

1919-01-01 14:37:52

Soldiering On

They returned home, having altered the course of world history, far different than when they left—wounded, scarred, and shell-shocked by the horrors of war.

Alphapointe. Vision. For life.

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