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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 :
Low Vision Support Groups and Family/Caregiver Information Networks are some of the most valuable tools to remaining independent and safe while aging with vision loss. There are a number of resource lists available online, and some of our favorites include:
Centers for Independent Living provide services and advocacy in line with the Independent Living Philosophy that, “Individuals with disabilities should have the same civil rights, choices, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do individuals without disabilities.” Contact your local Center for Independent Living for further assistance.
Indiana’s 16 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) deliver services to older adults and people with disabilities of any age and their caregivers. AAA’s staff will help you plan how best to meet your long-term services and support needs, including attendant care, legal services, caregiver support, guardianship, wellness activities, respite care, nutrition services, transportation, adult day care, in-home care, options counseling, and home modifications. Call 1-800-986-3505 to contact your local AAA or visit their webpage here for an Indiana coverage map and contact information.
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