Additional Help & Resources For Those With Low Vision 

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The following resources can provide you with additional help for dealing with your impaired vision if you live in Indiana or Kentucky.

National Resources

  • Braille Institute – Providing high-quality support to the blind and those with impaired vision, the Braille Institute of course offers Braille publications, but they offer audio publications and literacy programs as well. They also offer rehabilitation programs for adults and developmental programs for blind or visually impaired children up to age five.
  • Sight Savers America – Serving more than 30,000 eligible children each year, Sight Savers America coordinates comprehensive eye care services for children and provides vision aids to those with severely impaired vision. These products and services are provided regardless of the ability of the child’s family to pay for them, ensuring that all eligible children have the products and services needed to see well enough to succeed in school and in life.
  • U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs – Veterans of the US Armed Forces who are legally blind or suffering from impaired vision can get assistance from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. They will help provide medical treatment and rehabilitation, as well as connect you with resources to obtain products that will enhance and enable an independent lifestyle.

Kentucky Resources

  • Kentucky Office for the Blind – Providing rehabilitation services for the blind and visually impaired, the Kentucky Office for the Blind also provides information for consumers and employers. It exists to improve the quality of life for the visually impaired as well as their families and caretakers. It helps work associates and work places to accommodate the visually impaired and offers educational resources as to rights and responsibilities.
  • Kentucky: Office of Vocational Rehabilitation – Deaf-Blind Services – The amount of hearing and vision loss in people who are both deaf and blind differs for each individual. Deaf and blind people may need a variety services, and the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation can assist in obtaining them. Test results are relied upon to make appropriate recommendations.
  • Blind/VI and Deaf/HH Services – Kentucky Department of Education – This state-supported team provides informational, technical, and regulatory support to the Kentucky School for the Blind and Kentucky School for the Deaf. This includes opportunities for improvements  and advances as such become available.
  • Kentucky Council of the Blind – Visually impaired adults can find job opportunities and rehabilitation services from the Kentucky Council of the Blind. Assistance as needed and available is offered or arranged.

Indiana Resources

  • FSSA: Blind & Visually Impaired – The Indiana Bureau of Rehabilitative Services sponsors the Blind and Visually Impaired Services program to provide services to eligible Hoosiers that are blind or visually impaired. In addition to standard rehabilitative services, it also includes a program to provide training and entrepreneurial opportunities to help vision impaired Hoosiers become independent business owners.
  • Indiana School for the Blind – A critical resource for Indiana children aged 3 to 22 who are blind or who have low vision, the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence and best practices in educating visually impaired children and young adults.  It is also a critical resource for the teachers, parents, and caregivers who work with these children.  Many of the students have multiple disabilities, and cannot be served by other schools.