Do you have a vision problem that is making everyday tasks more difficult or seemingly impossible?

If so, the Division for Blind ServicesIndependent Living (IL) Program may be able to help you get back control of your life and the confidence you need to live independently. Successful independent living training can help you:

  • Accomplish everyday tasks
  • Participate in your favorite activities
  • Communicate with family and friends
  • Gain a better understanding about your vision impairment
  • Get back confidence you may have lost

Who is eligible?

People who have a visual impairment that is a substantial impediment to living independently and who will benefit from services.

What services are available in the IL Program?

Depending on the individual need, services provided may include:

  • Eye Examinations (getting information about your vision)
  • Information and Referral (making connections with community resources and programs)
  • Orientation and Mobility Training (how to determine where you are and safely get where you're going)
  • Counseling (addressing adjustment to vision loss)
  • Recreation and Socialization (how to stay active and develop confidence in social settings)
  • Independent Living Skills Training (specific everyday skills essential to stay in your home such as meal preparation, identifying money, identifying medications, telling time, etc.)

How are services provided?

A variety of service approaches are used to promote independence. They are designed take into account the individual's situation, and to maximize services within available resources.

  • Information and referral material provides tips and information about living independently with blindness that individuals can implement on their own; a follow-up call is used to determine if the material met the individual's needs.
  • Group services offer opportunities to learn from one anotherand to participate in training in small group settings. Local support groups, group skills training, and referrals to local low vision clubs are all examples.
  • In-home instruction from trained professionals in adaptive skills, information about adaptive aids, and counseling and advocacy are available to help consumers in managing their daily lives. These are intended for situations when more intensive training is appropriate.

Where can I apply for services or get more information?

For information on any Division for Blind Services program or to apply for services, contact any DBS office located throughout Texas. To find the nearest office, call the Division for Blind Services at 1-800-628-5115.

Offices can also be located by checking the government "blue pages" in your local phone book.