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Philomatheon Society of the Blind

Celebrating 100 Years

A woman walking outside with her guide dog
our members hanging out with each other having a good time

The Philomatheon Society of the Blind was founded in 1924.  Its purpose has been to promote the welfare of the blind of Stark County; its success rests on the determination of this group to help blind men, women and children fulfill their roles as productive citizens of our community.

2024 marks 100 years of the society and we are proud of the work we have done, but realize there is always more work to be done. 

A Letter from the President

The leadership team at the Philomatheon Society


Welcome Friends of the Philomatheon Society of the Blind,

My name is Denise Dessecker, I am the President of the Philomatheon Society of the Blind, I would like to introduce you to the Society.

Our organization of blind and visually impaired people, along with sighted family and friends with a mission and goal to help the blind and visually impaired in the community to help themselves to remain or to become able to live independently, and an active member of their community. This is accomplished with social interaction with other members of the Society, educational programs, and activities conducted by the Society. The Society also gathers information of all kinds that can help the blind and visually impaired of the community and their family and friends. No membership is required, most services are provided at no or little cost.

Please continue to visit our website, don’t hesitate to call us, if there are any questions. Remember, we are here to help.

Denise Dessecker, President
Philomatheon Society of the Blind of Canton, Ohio, Inc.
Phone and Fax: (330) 453-9157

Become A Member

Becoming a member of the Philomatheon Society is more than just a membership. You join a community of people who are always working to overcome barriers and challenges across everyday living. When we aren’t working, we are coming together for activities, dinners, and meetings to create a comfortable, relaxed, and safe environment for everyone, including those who support our community. 

Philomatheon Society celebrations

Upcoming Events

April 20th

April Monthly Meeting

Dinner: Chicken Salad Sandwich, Macaroni Salad, Fruit Cup, Loud Moth Action

May 18th

May Monthly Meeting

Dinner: Rigatoni, Garlic Toast, Salad

June 15th

Rotary Picnic

To RSVP and check eligibility for the Rotary Picnic, please call us at (330) 453-9157 

Helpful Resources

Explore a world of resources that are available to you that assist and support everyday living and activities. 

Our library of resources includes visual aids, the talking book program, scholarships for students, recent news and changes within the disability space, and a comprehensive list of local, state, and national resources and organizations. 

Check out the resources and let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you or if you have any questions. We are here and happy to support you! 

our members playing bingo together