Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind

Overview

If you are 55 or older and have a vision problem that makes everyday tasks difficult, Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind may be able to help you gain the confidence you need to live independently. Successful independent living training can help you:

  • Accomplish everyday tasks
  • Participate in your favorite activities
  • Communicate with family and friends
  • Gain a better understanding about your vision impairment
  • Get back confidence you may have lost

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Eligibility

The Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Program provides services to consumers 55 and older:

  • Who have significant visual impairment
  • Whose ability to function independently in the home, family, or community is substantially limited due to visual impairment
  • For whom the delivery of independent living services will substantially improve their ability to function, continue functioning, or move toward functioning independently in the home, family, or community

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Services

Depending on the individual need, the following services may be provided by TWC to eligible consumers:

  • Independent living skills training, provided in a consumer’s home or in the community
  • Orientation and mobility training
  • Low vision evaluations and low vision devices, including video magnification, hand-held magnifiers, and other identified devices
  • Diabetes education
  • Deafblind evaluations and equipment
  • Counseling on adjustment to blindness
  • Other services as necessary, such as ancillary services provided to support skills training

For more information about eligibility and services provided by TWC’s Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Program, please use the following table to identify the staff contact in your area.

IL OIB Worker

Coverage Areas

Office Address

Phone Number

Counties Served

Vicky Schumate

Abilene
Wichita Falls
San Angelo

4309 Jacksboro Hwy, Suite B
Wichita Falls, TX 76302

(940) 217-9927

Archer, Baylor, Brown, Callahan, Clay, Coke, Coleman, Comanche, Concho, Cottle, Crockett, Eastland, Fisher, Foard, Hardeman, Haskell, Hemphill, Irion, Jack, Jones, Kimble, Knox, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Mitchell, Montague, Nolan, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Sutton, Taylor, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Wichita, Wilbarger, Young

Teresa Burger

Amarillo
Lubbock
Northern Odessa

2002 W. Loop 289, Suite 117
Lubbock, TX 79407

(806) 765-5038

Armstrong, Bailey, Borden, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Collingsworth, Crosby, Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hockley, Howard, Hutchinson, Kent, King, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Lynn, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Terry, Wheeler, Yoakum

Jesus Donacio

El Paso
Odessa

8825 N Loop Drive, Suite 122
El Paso, TX 79907

(915) 887-2157

Andrews, Brewster, Crane, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Glasscock, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, Winkler

Cherome Phillips

Dallas

6500 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

(214) 378-2666

Counties: Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Navarro

Dallas county cities: All other cities in Dallas county not covered by Ms. Rangel.

Roxana Mendez-Rangel

Dallas

6500 Greenville Ave, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75206

(214) 378-2666

Counties: Collin, Denton, Grayson, Fannin, Hunt, Rockwall

Dallas county cities:  Addison, Carrollton, Coppell, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Irving, Sachse

Brooke Lewis

Fort Worth

2400 Circle Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76119

(817) 759-3515

Cooke, Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant, Wise

vacant

Austin

6400 E Hwy 290 #300
Austin, TX 78723

(512) 533-7100

Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Llano, Milam, Travis, Williamson

Zebedee Johnson

Waco
Bryan

1416 S New Road
Waco, TX 76711

(254)296-5295

Bell, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Grimes, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, McLennan, Mills, Robertson, San Saba, Walker, Washington

Peggy Joseph

Beaumont
Lufkin

510 Park Street, Suite 100
Beaumont, TX 77701

(409) 600-2671

Angelina, Hardin, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler

Carlos Vasquez

Houston

427 W 20th Street
Houston, TX 77008

(713) 692-7755

Austin, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, Waller

Rosalind Livings

San Antonio

4241 Woodcock Drive, Suite A-105
San Antonio, TX 78228

(210) 785-2783

Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Calhoun, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Edwards, Fayette, Frio, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Jackson, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Lavaca, Matagorda, Medina, Real, Refugio, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Wharton, Wilson

Macarena Pena

McAllen

801 W. Nolana, Suite 115
McAllen, TX 78504

(956) 661-0930

Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Cameron, Dimmitt, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, La Salle, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Nueces, San Patricio, Starr, Webb, Willacy, Zapata, Zavala

Kammy Locascio

Tyler
Texarkana

3800 Paluxy Drive, Suite 320
Tyler, TX 75701

(903) 571-0167

Anderson, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood

William Driggers

Houston
Galveston

10060 Fuqua
Houston, TX 77089

(713) 948-7968

Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Liberty

 

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Other Independent Living Services

The Health and Human Services Commission provides a broad array of independent living services to people of all ages and with all disabilities through the network of Centers for Independent Living.  TWC is working closely with these Centers to ensure a smooth referral process and non-duplication of services.  For more information, contact the Health and Human Services Commission’s Independent Living Services.

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