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Services for the Blind and Impaired

Specially trained DRS Rehabilitation Counselors are available to help West Virginians with significant vision impairments address barriers, so they can meet their work-related goals. Services for people with visual disabilities vary to assist with a wide range of individual needs, from basic mobility training to assistive technologies.

In addition to the standard array of vocational rehabilitation services, DRS offers comprehensive skills training to help people with significant vision loss to work and live independently. This one-on-one training is customized to meet the unique needs of each participant and may take from three to nine months.

  • Available services include:
  • Travel training
  • Vision utilization training
  • Assistive audio devices
  • Computer literacy and access technology
  • Braille instruction
  • Compensatory daily living skills
  • Coping strategies for dealing with vision loss
  • Adaptive homemaking strategies

DRS also offers the Bioptic Driving training program, which can help drivers with moderate, non-progressive vision loss.

The VISIONS (Visually Impaired Seniors In-Home Outreach and Networking Services) program is available to help West Virginians, ages 55 or older, who are not working and have permanent vision loss.

For more information about any of these services or programs, call 1-800-642-3021.