Vision Rehabilitation Services
The incidence of visual impairment is on the rise, impacting the lives of individuals and families. If you have an uncorrectable vision impairment, help is available from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, or DVR.
The Vision Rehabilitation Specialists can assist with independence and safety in the home and community, as well as enhancing quality of life. The Vision Rehabilitation Specialists can work together with the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors to assist individuals with their employment and educational needs.
Older Individuals Who Are Blind
The Older Individuals who are Blind Program is available to those 55 and older who are experiencing a vision loss. The goal of the Older Individuals who are Blind Program is to assist individuals in improving their independence in their homes and the communities. Individuals who are requesting assistance with employment and independent living services can apply to the DVR program.
DVR Vision Rehabilitation Specialists will help you achieve your goal to be independent in your home, workplace, and the community. DVR Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists may be able to teach you new ways to perform tasks such as:
- Writing checks
- Mobility around your home, workplace and community
- Telling time
- Using a computer
- Ordering from a menu
- Homemaking tasks, etc.
The VRS may help you identify other programs which can assist you such as:
- Property tax exemption
- Income tax deduction
- Telephone directory assistance
- Talking books
- Free Matter for the Blind
The VRS will help you explore these programs and provide referrals to other programs.
If you are having difficulty obtaining or maintaining employment, DVR Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors may be able to assist in your employment needs through:
- Vocational exploration
- On-the-job training
- Job placement
- Resume writing
- Interviewing skills
- Assistive technology
- Vocational guidance and counseling
- Adaptive training
Cost of services
Many services are provided at no cost to the eligible individual. (However, some services are subject to financial participation by the eligible individual).