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, VR Region

Office Address

Phone Number

Counties Served

Vicky Shumate

Abilene,
Wichita Falls,
San Angelo

Region 1

4309 Jacksboro Hwy, Suite B
Wichita Falls, TX 76302

(940) 217-9927

Archer, Baylor, Brown, Callahan, Clay, Coleman, Comanche, Concho, Eastland, Foard, Hardeman, Haskell, Jack, Jones, Kimble, Knox, Mason, McCullough, Menard, Montague, Runnels, Shackelford, Stephens, Taylor, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Wichita, Wilbarger, Young

Teresa Berger

Amarillo,
Lubbock,
Northern Odessa

Region 1

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

(806) 765-5038

Andrews, Bailey, Borden, Cochran, Coke, Cottle, Crosby, Dawson, Dickens, Fisher, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Glasscock, Hale, Hockley, Howard, Kent, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Motley, Nolan, Scurry, Sterling, Stonewall, Terry, Yoakum

Jesus Donacio

El Paso,
Odessa

Region 1

8825 North Loop Drive, Suite 123
El Paso, TX 79907

(915) 834-7014

Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Hudspeth, Irion, Jeff Davis, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Schleicher, Sutton, Terrell, Upton, Winkler

Amber Pearson

Amarillo,
Odessa

Region 1

3120 Eddy Street, Amarillo, TX 79106

(806) 350-7159

Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Wheeler

Cherome Phillips

 

Dallas

Region 2

6500 Greenville Ave, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75206

(214) 378-2666

Counties: Dallas*, Ellis, Kaufman, Navarro

*Covers the city of Dallas and all other cities in Dallas county not covered by Ms. Rangel.

Roxana Rangel

Dallas

Region 2

6500 Greenville Ave, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75206

(214) 378-2666

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

*Covers the following cities in Dallas county: Addison, Carrollton, Coppell, Farmers Branch, Irving, Sachse

Brooke Lewis

Fort Worth

Region 2

2400 Circle Drive, Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX 76119

(817) 759-3515

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

Adrianna Lerma

Austin

Region 3

6400 E Hwy 290 Suite 300
Austin, TX 78723

(512) 533-7100

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

Zebedee Johnson

Waco,
Bryan

Region 3

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

Region 4

510 Park St. 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

Region 5

4424 North Freeway Suite A
Houston, TX 77022

(713) 692-7755

Austin, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, Waller

Rosalind Livings

San Antonio

Region 6

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

(210) 785-2783

Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Colorado, Comal, Edwards, Fayette, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson

Macarena Pena

McAllen

Region 6

801 W. Nolana, Suite 115
McAllen, TX 78504

(956) 661-0930

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

Ursula Odom

Corpus Christi,
Victoria

Region 6

4102 N Navarro Street, Suite D
Victoria, TX 77901

(361) 580-5700

Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Wharton

Kammy Locascio

Tyler,
Texarkana

Region 4

3800 Paluxy Drive, Suite 325
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

Region 5

10060 Fuqua
Houston, TX 77089

(713) 948-7968

Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Liberty

 

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Other Independent Living Services

Centers for Independent Living

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.

Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC)

Time To Be Bold is a national public service awareness campaign through the Independent Living Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center at the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision. The OIB-TAC and this campaign are funded by the Dept. of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration, which also funds services and training for individuals with visual impairments, including vocational rehabilitation (VR) and the Independent Living Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) programs nationally.

The TimeToBeBold campaign is designed to educate, engage and empower people who are 55+ with low vision to maintain/regain their independence by utilizing the free or low-cost services provided by the RSA-funded OIB programs. Go to timetobebold.org for a list of free or low-cost services in your state that will give you the tools, technology, training, and support you need to live your bold, best life.

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