Blindness & Vision Loss Services

DORS' Office for Blindness & Vision Services (OBVS) programs and services are for individuals whose primary disability is vision loss.

OBVS rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation technologists, case managers and rehabilitation teachers are specially trained to help people who are blind, vision impaired or deaf-blind with planning for employment and independence. OBVS can also assist individuals over age 55 who have independent living goals.

OBVS Programs and Services Include:

  • Career guidance & assessment
  • Assistive technology
  • Vocational or academic education
  • Independent living skills training
  • Orientation & mobility
  • Job placement

OBVS also administers the Maryland Business Enter-prise Program for the Blind, which prepares individuals to operate successful retail concession and food service operations in public facilities.

Getting OBVS Services

DORS OBVS counselors, case managers and teachers are located in DORS offices throughout Maryland. Contact your local DORS offices to request services. If you are eligible for services, you will be assigned a counselor or teacher who works in your community.

OBVS also has staff at the DORS Workforce & Technology Center, where there is extensive programming for individuals who are blind or have vision impairments.


A man standing in cafeteria, working at a cash register.

Jerome Smith is a cashier in the Horseshoe Casino employee cafeteria. To get this job, he had to be persistent. "It was hard to get a job here. Being that I was blind, they didn't know what a blind person could do. After the first day of interviews, they sent me home, but I came back and told them 'I CAN do a job here!'"

Horseshoe's Vice President of Food and Beverage, Robert Viox says Jerome is an asset to Horseshoe. "These are his consumers [the Horseshoe staff] and he provides excellent service."

DORS Rehabilitation Technology Services staff created a Plexiglas template with cutouts for the most used commands on the cash register touchscreen and Horseshoe altered the checkout program so that all the information fits on one screen.

Jerome: "There are more than a thousand employees here and everyone knows me. I thought it would be scary working here, but I love it!"