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 Print Disabled.​​​

ILOB rehabilitation specialists 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 specialists 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 OBVS Services

Complete the Request DORS Services form and you will be contacted to set up an intake where a DORS will gather and provide information regarding eligibility.

The Request DORS Services form can be completed by anyone – you, a family member, a medical provider, a caretaker, etc.

Contact Us:

Office for Blindness & Vision Services
2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-554-9277
Email: obvs.dors@maryland.gov

OBVS Regional Offices:

Baltimore: 410-261-2954 - Serving Baltimore City and Baltimore, Cecil, Howard, and Harford Counties
Wheaton: 301-949-4750 - Serving Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery, and Washington Counties
Annapolis: 410-974-7604 - Serving Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Kent, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worchester Counties

 Two women at a table at a resource fair.

ILOB staff attend community events to share information about services and offer support to Marylanders who are 55 or older, and are blind or have a vision impairment.

DORS ILOB staff, like Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, Marilynn Ward-Tluszcz (pictured here, to the left, also run low-vision support groups in some Maryland communities.


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