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The Older Independent Blind Program (OIB) 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’s, Older Blind Program, The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and Blind and Visually Impaired Services provide funding to various contractors across the State.

Older Blind Programs are in partnership with statewide community programs administering a wide array of services for older individuals with vision impairments. Among the services provided are those to assist in correcting or modifying visual disabilities include optical vision aids, in-home training, Orientation & Mobility, Braille instruction, adaptive skills training, information and referral, peer counseling, and other appropriate services designed to assist an older individual who is blind with daily living activities.

Services provided by individual OIB contractors are dependent upon budget parameters and staffing, interested consumers should contact the OIB community program for specific services and availability.

Older Independent Blind community programs and a list of counties they serve :

Additional information may be available through the Centers for Independent Living

For information regarding resources for Blind Services in Indiana and the Older Independent Blind Program please contact Julia Anderson: Julia.Anderson@fssa.IN.gov or 1-800-545-7763