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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. Vision rehabilitation services have two separate programs that are offered, the Older Individuals who are Blind Program and the Employment Program.

Older Individuals Who Are Blind

The Older Individuals who are Blind Program (OIB) is available to North Dakota residents who are 55 years of age and older and are experiencing a vision loss. The goal of the OIB program is to assist individuals improve their independence in their homes and communities to enhance their quality of life. Services include:

  • Low vision evaluation
  • Low vision adaptive aids
    • Hand held magnifiers
    • Stand magnifiers
    • Task lighting, etc.
  • Daily living skills
    • Writing checks
    • Reading
    • Homemaking tasks
    • Telling time
    • Using a computer, etc.
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Referrals to other agencies
    • Property tax exemption
    • Income tax deduction
    • Telephone directory assistance
    • Talking books
    • Free Matter for the Blind, 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 Employment Program

Vocational Rehabilitation services are available to eligible individuals who are blind or visually impaired. If you are having difficulty obtaining or maintaining employment a team of specially trained specialists will assist in your employment needs. The team consists of a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and a Vision Rehabilitation Specialist. They will collaborate to provide the best quality of services to meet your employment needs. Services are customized to the individual to assist in attaining an employment goal. Vocational Rehabilitation may be able to assist in your employment needs in the home, community, workplace or school through:

  • Vocational guidance and counseling
  • Vocational exploration
  • On-the-job training
  • Job placement
  • Resume writing
  • Interviewing skills
  • Assistive technology
  • Adaptive training
  • Appropriate referral to other programs, etc

The Transition Program focuses on assisting youth transition from secondary school to meaningful employment.

Resources Available

Referral

For any services you can call our main office at 1-800-755-2745 and we would be happy to direct you to the correct service department.

Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Division of Rehabilitation Services works to serve individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, or have speech impediments. The resources available can assist with the ability to have better communication, allow more independence and ultimately have a better quality of life by enhancing communication options to gain, maintain or return to competitive employment. Services will be tailored to the individuals needs including:

  • Vocational Guidance and Counseling
  • Vocational exploration
  • On-the-job training
  • Job placement
  • Resume writing
  • Interviewing skills
  • Assistive technology
  • Adaptive training
  • Appropriate referral to other programs

What Resources are Available?

Outreach Services

For More Information

Aimee Volk
alvolk@nd.gov
701-328-8954

 

 

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