Getting Help for Seniors with Vision Loss
Offers an excellent overview of the causes of vision loss in seniors, resources and tips for living with vision loss and information about a wide range of assistive technologies. A wonderful place to start!
The Older Blind Independent Living Program exists to help older adults cope with vision loss. DSB’s trained contractors provide counseling on living with vision loss and referrals to community resources. They also can provide adaptive skills training and recommend adaptive devices for use at home or in the community. These services are provided free of charge.
Toll Free: 1-800-552-7103.
If you are a Vet, the VA can be an excellent resource. Depending upon your circumstances, you may qualify for vision rehabilitation services including adaptive technologies. Vision Impairment Services Team Coordinator at your closest VA Medical Facility: http://www.va.gov/BLINDREHAB/VIST.asp
Eligibility & Benefits: 202-461-7317
A wonderful free resource. It offers easy access to books and other reading materials in print, Braille and audio formats (as well as a free Digital Talking Book Machine). It also offers local news and programming via the Evergreen Radio Reading Service plus a Computer Lab at its Seattle office. For an application to this “must have” service, check their website or call.
Toll Free: 800-542-0866.