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How to Apply

This page and its links will help you understand what Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired is, where to get services, how the process works, what you need to do to get services, etc.
 

Step-by-step process to apply for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services

  1. Contact the SBVI Office that serves your county.

  2. Schedule a meeting to discuss services and complete an application. You can complete the application online and then print it for signature and mailing or just print the form and complete it by hand.

  3. Gather information about your visual disability. Bringing this information with you can speed up the process (example: copies of eye reports).

  4. You and your Counselor will develop a detailed plan of services available to help you achieve your goal.

  5. The time it takes for you to reach your employment goal depends upon your individual needs. Remember that any person whose disability significantly interferes with their ability to get or keep a job, and who needs vocational rehabilitation services to overcome these barriers to employment, is eligible.

 

 

Step-by-step process to apply for Independent Living Older Blind Services:

  1. Contact the SBVI Office that serves your county.

  2. Schedule a meeting to discuss services and complete an application.

  3. Gather information about your visual disability. Bringing this information with you can speed up the process (example: copies of eye reports).

  4. You and your Rehabilitation Teacher will establish your Independent Living Service Plan.


The time it takes for you to reach your independent living goal depends upon your individual needs. Remember that any person whose disability significantly interferes with their ability to function in the family, community or employment, and who needs independent living services to overcome these barriers, is eligible.