Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
The primary vocational rehabilitation services are counseling and guidance with job placement. However, other services may also be provided as needed for an individual to compensate for, correct or prevent disability-based barriers to employment. These services can include, but are not limited to:
- Physical or mental restoration;
- Vocational, college or other training;
- Assistive technology evaluations, equipment and training;
- Information on disability resources;
- Personal assistance services while receiving VR services;
- Transportation in connection with VR services being provided;
- Supported employment;
- Self-employment assistance;
- Transition school-to-work services for youth with disabilities; and
- Other services based on individual needs.
The services a person receives are determined by the person's Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). This plan outlines a person's employment goal and the services that are needed to enable the person to achieve that goal. The IPE can be written by a VR client and counselor working together, or it can be written by the client according to guidelines the counselor will explain.
Eligibility: A person may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services if he or she has a visual impairment, physical or mental disability that is a barrier to employment and requires VS services to prepare for, obtain, keep or return to work. There must be a chance the person can benefit by going to work.
Cost: Some services, such as medical examinations to determine if a person is eligible for vocational rehabilitation, counseling and job placement, are provided at no charge to the client. For some other services, a client may have to share in the cost, depending on his or her income and resources.
How to Apply
Step 1: Locate an office nearest you, use this link to find the state office and contact information that serves your area.
Step 2: Call for an appointment
Step 3: Fill out an application
Step 4: Gather as much medical information as you can
Step 5: Show up for the appointment to complete the application
Keys to Success
- Keep in contact with your counselor
- Let him or her know if you move or change phone numbers
- Complete any assignments
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A person may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation from Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired if he or she has blindness or a significant visual impairment that is a substantial barrier to employment and requires SBVI services to prepare for, obtain, keep or return to work.
What to bring in order to expedite the application process:
Copy of documentation verifying the disabling condition(s), copy of academic transcript(s), Social Security card, picture ID, immigration status documentation if not a US citizen, medical insurance verification, if available.
DRS Unified State Plan Published
The Rehabilitation Services Administration has approved and published the two-year modification to the four-year Oklahoma Unified State Plan. The Oklahoma State Plan modification for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Visual Service divisions is effective July 1, 2018 through June 30,2020.