The Independent Living Services of the NC Division of Services for the Blind serves citizens throughout the state who are blind or visually impaired. Specialized services provided through the Independent Living Services Program enable these citizens to attain their highest level of independence and self-sufficiency in their own homes and communities.
Social Worker for Blind:
The primary purpose of the Social Worker for the Blind is to provide services to enable the blind and visually impaired to function at their highest level of independence and self-sufficiency in everyday life.
The Social Worker will provide services such as specialized counseling and teaching services to visually impaired persons residing in Wake County.
A core group of specialists consisting of Social Workers for the Blind, Orientation and Mobility Specialists and Nursing Eye Care Consultant provide these services through a statewide network of field service delivery.
What Are the Independent Living Services?
Living independently is a primary goal for most people who are blind or visually impaired. Through comprehensive, quality services, most people can achieve their goals. These services are available to eligible North Carolina residents through our Division.
Many services are available to you at no cost, while some are based on your financial
resources. Independent Living Services are available to assist persons of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to develop skills that enable them to independently manage their activities of daily living.
Basic instruction is provided by Social Workers for the Blind in the consumer’s home usually on a short-term basis to help them achieve their goals. However, if extensive instruction in the home is needed, it will be provided by our Independent Living Rehabilitation Counselors in the home or community based learning-centers known as Mini Centers.
What Is Medical Eye Care?
In North Carolina, the three major causes of blindness are retinal disorders, cataracts, and glaucoma. The Medical Eye Care Program uses every available resource to prevent blindness from these and other causes and where possible, to restore vision in people who have suffered loss of sight.
The Medical Eye Care Program delivers preventative and corrective services and may offer the following services subject to the availability of funds:
(1) Sponsorship for eye examinations, eye glasses, treatment and surgery;
(2) Children’s vision screenings, low-vision evaluations, correction with
limited vision with low vision aids, and eye care education. These
services are delivered by Registered Nurses.
Medical Eye Care is available in all counties in the state.
Medical Services are also provided through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Both programs use every available resource to prevent blindness from these and where possible, to restore vision in individuals who have suffered loss of sight. Medical Eye Care services are subject to funding availability.
Who is Eligible:
Services are offered to all eligible residents in their home counties in North Carolina who meet the income scale for this service.
How to Apply:
Individuals can apply for the program at Wake County Department of Human Services, with the local social workers for the blind.
For information, please call 919-250-4621.
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