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Blind Services is a section of Louisiana Rehabilitation Servicesí Vocational Rehabilitation Program that provides services to eligible individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program and the Older Blind/Visually Impaired Program are parts of Blind Services.
The Older Blind/Visually Impaired Program expands independent living services for people who are age 55 or older and have a severe visual impairment. Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Older Blind Program, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services provides funding to four contractors: Affiliated Blind of Louisiana, Lighthouse for the Blind in New Orleans, Louisiana Center for the Blind, and Louisiana Association for the Blind Low Vision Rehabilitation Center to coordinate statewide services.
The Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program provides entrepreneurial opportunities for consumers of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program who are legally blind to manage their own businesses. This includes a wide variety of food-service operations, including cafeterias, coffee shops, vending locations, and highway rest area vending sites. Through this program, blind persons receive training opportunities to become productive, tax-paying citizens and proud business owners.
To be eligible for the Older Blind/Visually Impaired Program you must be age 55 or older and have a severe visual disability or be legally blind.
To be eligible for the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program an individual with a significant visual disability must be able to benefit from vocational rehabilitation services in terms of achieving employment. Therefore, applications for services are accepted at the time an individual with a disability reaches or nears the minimum age of legal employability.
To be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, the individual must:
In addition, an individual must:
Blind/Visually impaired services available through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program may include, but are not limited to:
Services available through the Older Blind/Visually Impaired Program:
For information about resources for Blind Services in Louisiana contact the nearest LRS Regional Office. You can locate this information through the Regional Office Directory or you can contact:
Kevin Monk, Executive Director for Blind Services
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
950 N. 22nd Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 219-2943 or 1-800-737-2958
For information on the Older Blind/Visually Impaired Program, contact:Affiliated Blind of Louisiana