Independent Living Older Blind

​The Independent Living Older Blind (ILOB) Program
helps individuals who are 55 or older who are blind or have a vision impairment to live independently in their homes and communities.

Examples of services may include:

  • Training in how to manage personal care and household tasks.
  • Labeling and organizing personal care items
    clothing, appliances and medications.
  • Safe cooking techniques.
  • Orientation and mobility training.
  • Braille instruction.
  • Referral to community peer support groups and other services.
  • Introduction to community resources that enhance daily living such as NFB–NEWSLINE and resources at the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
 
DORS rehabilitation teachers will come to your home to provide assessment and training. The program reaches out to individuals in all areas of the state, including those living in rural counties.
 
Rehabilitation teachers work as a team with ophthalmologists, low vision specialists and community
partners to provide personalized service.
 
There is no upper age limit to take part in this program. Most people who receive ILOB services do not have an employment goal.

Request for Proposals

September 19, 2016 - DORS' Office for Blindness & Vision Services hereby solicits proposals from qualified applicants to provide statewide home comprehensive independent living services for seventy-five (75) older (55+) individuals who are blind and visually impaired through formula grant funds awarded to Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services under Title VII, Chapter 2 of the Rehabilitation Act as amended by the Workforce and Investment Act.
 
Go to http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/about/Pages/Grants/index.aspx for more information about how to submit a proposal.
 
Deadline: Thursday, October 20, 2016 by 5 p.m., EST
 
Three woman. The one in the center is in a wheelchair and has a service dog.

Mary Catherine Brake (center) began losing her sight and worked with the ILOB program to find support services. She ended up helping to start a support group at the Homewood Retirement Center in Frederick for residents who are blind or have low-vision.

They have had a wide variety of speakers, including an optometrist and a person who works with guide dogs. “We even had the chaplain talk about the emotional challenges of vision loss. This is important because it’s very hard to realize that you are losing your sight. Any loss of ability is hard, so it’s been enormously helpful to have guidance and to learn so much about the help that’s available.”

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