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.

Publications

Lydia standing outside, near a waterfront, and holding a folded white cane. 
Lydia participated in several OBVS programs, which helped her get a job at the Social Security Administration​ in Baltimore, where she has been successfully employed for many years, and has received a number of promotions.