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MedEd Connections Resource Guides: Blind and Visually Impaired

Obtaining Additional Services

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Your family may benefit from a number of local service agencies. The following is not an exhaustive list. For example, other options include your local Lions Club, universities, hospitals, and community low-vision clinics or centers.

County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Phone: (800)-617-6733

Your child may be eligible for free services through your County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CBDD). If found eligible, your child may be assigned a service and support administrator (SSA), who will work with you to develop an individual service plan (ISP). The ISP “is a written description of services, supports, and activities provided to an individual. These services, supports, and activities should ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the individual, as well as assist them to achieve personal goals.”

If you are interested in obtaining an ISP for your child who is blind or visually impaired, contact your CBDD and ask for the intake department to start the process.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)

Phone: (614) 438-1200

The Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) is the branch of OOD that provides Ohio residents age 14+ who have low vision or are legally blind with the services and supports necessary to help them in employment preparation and search. Vocational rehabilitation (VR) services are customized for each individual through assessments and one-on-one meetings with professional VR counselors. VR services are available statewide and include the following evaluation and treatment of an individual’s disability, information and referral services, vocational counseling and training, job search and job placement assistance, and educational guidance and other support.

To get started, answer a few quick questions for intake. A BSVI representative will contact you within a few business days to schedule an appointment.

Provider Guide

This is a tool to search for service providers throughout Ohio. Searchable by county and funding type.

BSVI’s 2018 Vision Loss and Hearing Loss Resources Document

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities has compiled a great resource list. Organized by categories of general information, Deaf-Blind, Deafness and Blindness resources, the updated list contains hundreds of links and articles for education, technology, workplace, family/care giving and other types of useful public information.

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