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Blind and Visually Impaired Services (BVIS) is a program of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), a Division of Disability & Rehabilitative Services (DDRS). BVIS provides services to eligible Hoosier’s that are blind or visually impaired.
The Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program provides entrepreneurial opportunities for legally blind clients of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS). These blind entrepreneurs manage a wide variety of food-service operations, including cafeterias, coffee shops, vending locations, and highway area vending sites. Through this program, blind individuals receive training and opportunities to become productive, tax-paying citizens and independent business owners.
Eligibility for the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program is for individuals with a significant visual disability and are benefiting from VRS in terms of achieving employment. Applications for services are accepted at the time an individual with a disability reaches or nears the minimum age of legal employment.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) Eligibility:
The Older Blind/Visually Impaired Program expands independent living services for people who are age 55 and older, and have a severe visual impairment. Through a grant from the Department of Education, Older Blind Program, Indiana Blind and Visually Impaired Services provide funding to six contractors:
Indianapolis Resource Center for Independent Living (Indianapolis)
These services are coordinated statewide for Older Blind & Visually Impaired Hoosier’s. This program offers in-home training services, including but not limited to; cooking, money management, communications skills, Braille, grooming, mobility, and low vision aids.
Older Blind & Visually Impaired Services Program Eligibility:
For information regarding resources for Blind Services in Indiana and the Older Blind/Visually Impaired Program contact:
John Trent: <John.Trent@fssa.IN.gov> or
Call Toll Free: 1-877-241-8144 or 317-232-1433
For information regarding resources for the Business Enterprise Program contact:
Locket Phillips: <Locket.Phillips@fssa.IN.gov> or
Call Toll Free: 1-877-241-8144 or 1-317-232-1433