Project Independence

RESOURCES FOR YOU

Project Independence:  Georgia Vision Program

 for Adults Age 55 and Over

            https://gvs.georgia.gov/project-independence  

 844-367-4872

 

If you, or someone you know, is at least 55 years of age or over and experiencing vision loss or a combined vision and hearing loss? Project Independence can help.

 

 

This vision program for those 55 years of age or over is administered by the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. The services provided may help you remain independent and keep on doing what you like to do. Services may include:

 

·      Skills training in your home community by certified rehabilitation specialists so you can keep on doing the daily tasks you like and stay active

·      Mobility training by certified instructors so you can travel safely

·      Support groups that offer opportunities so you can learn from and interact with peers who also have visual loss

·      Comprehensive low vision evaluations by qualified professionals to assess practical and useful ways to access information with magnification

·      Assistive aids/devices such as talking watches and clocks, lighting, big button phones, various household and kitchen aids

 

 

 

The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency contracts with Service Providers located throughout Georgia to provide daily living vision services:

 

Serving Greater Metro Atlanta

Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI)

739 West Peachtree Street NW

Atlanta, Georgia 30308

404-875-9011

www.cviga.org

 

Serving Southeast Georgia

Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision (SCBLV)

1141 Cornell Avenue

Savannah, Georgia 31406

912-236-4473

www.SavannahCBLV.org

 

Serving Northwest Georgia

Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia (VRS)

3830 South Cobb Drive SE

Smyrna, Georgia 30080

770-432-7280

www.vrsga.org

 

Serving South Georgia

Visually Impaired Foundation of Georgia (VIFGA)

770-551-8455

1-877-778-4342

www.vifga.org

 

 

 

Serving Northeast Georgia

Visually Impaired Specialized Training and Advocacy Services (VISTAS)

337 South Milledge Avenue, Suite 114

Athens, Georgia 30605-5662

706-995-2216

www.vistascenter.com

 

Serving East Georgia

Walton Options for Independent Living (WO)

948 Walton Way

Augusta, Georgia 30903-0519

706-724-6262

1-877-821-8400

www.waltonoptions.org

 

For more information, contact:

 

Shirley Robinson, CRC, Coordinator for Blind Services/Project Independence Program Manager

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

404-783-3545

[email protected]

www.gvs.ga.gov

 

 

ADVOCACY/EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONS

         

AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND (AFB)

Since 1921, AFB has been a leader in expanding possibilities for the nearly 25 million Americans living with vision loss. A national nonprofit, we champion access and equality, and stand at the forefront of new technologies and evidence-based advocacy. We address the most pressing needs of people with vision loss and their families, breaking down societal barriers and promoting broad systemic change. Like Helen Keller, AFB's most famous ambassador, we are committed to creating a more equitable world for people with disabilities.

AFB Aging and Vision Loss

www.afb.org

 

GEORGIA’S AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CONNECTION (ADRC)

1-866-552-4464 (then select Option 2)

[email protected]

www.georgiaADRC.com

 

Georgia's ADRC is not a place or a program! It is a coordinated system of partnering organizations.

Georgia’s Aging & Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) counselors use the Empowerline database to connect you to resources that can help you stay in your home.

Some of those resources include:

 • Home health care agencies

 • Respite care • Caregiver support

 • Home modifications and repairs

 • Assistance with energy bills

 • Home-delivered meals

 • Wellness programs

 • Assistive technology devices that help maintain independence

 • Nursing home transitions

 

Where We Are:

Georgia's ADRC currently serves all of the 159 counties across the state. For more information or to receive assistance contact www.georgiaADRC.com  to find an ADRC near you.

 

 

 

GEORGIA COUNCIL OF THE BLIND (GCB) 

GCB is a nonprofit consumer organization affiliated with the American Council of the Blind. We strive to elevate the social, economic, and cultural levels of the blind. For over 40 years, GCB has been working toward providing a forum for views of the blind, improving education and rehabilitation, and broadening vocational opportunities for the visually impaired. Peer support is an important part of GCB as it encourages and assists the blind in developing their abilities and potential to become independent and responsible citizens in their communities. Peer support is especially helpful for the newly blind who may be confused or bitter. GCB works hard to educate the public about the problems of blindness and the needs and capabilities of the blind.

Georgia Council of the Blind

 (470) 218-7885
www.georgiacounciloftheblind.org

 

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF GEORGIA (NFB)

Negative attitudes and mistaken perceptions about blindness are the largest barriers to our independence and full participation in society.  Unfortunately, many people believe that blind people should be relegated to the role of dependent, custodial beneficiaries of society’s good will.  Equally as offensive, others feel the blind are extraordinary simply because we perform the fundamental tasks and accept the basic responsibilities that are expected from all citizens.  To counter these negative attitudes and mistaken perceptions, the NFB of Georgia works aggressively to empower blind people with a positive self-concept of independence and self-worth, while simultaneously educating the public about the true potential of the blind.  We strive to promote positive, inclusive perceptions of blind people, so that we can exercise our right, like any other American, to live, work, and play in our communities and be appreciated as everyday people living life every day.

NFB of Georgia

404-371-1000

[email protected]

www.nfbga.org

 

 

CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

 

Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia, Inc. (SILC)
The SILC of Georgia is a nonprofit, nongovernmental consumer-controlled organization that plays the vital role of providing disability information and technical assistance to a network of nine Centers for Independent Living located throughout the state.

SILC of Georgia

Shelley Simmons, Chief Executive Officer

Decatur, GA

770-270-6860
Toll Free: 1-888-288-9780
TTY: Call GA Relay 711

Fax: 770-270-5957

ssimmons@silcga.org

www.silcga.org

 

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are nonresidential, community-based organizations, governed and staffed by people with disabilities that offer a wide variety of services to consumers with disabilities and their families. The foundation of these services is the peer-to-peer relationship, where people with disabilities act as mentors for other people with disabilities, showing them by example how to help themselves and to live independently. The core services that CILs provide are:

·      Individual Advocacy and Systems Advocacy

·      Peer Counseling

·      Information and Referral

·      Independent Living Skills Training

·      Transition

 

Depending on the needs of the communities they serve, CILs may provide other services that vary from one center to another. For more information contact the center nearest you.

 

Access 2 Independence: Columbus Center for Independent Living

2000 Hamilton Rd. Suite B

Columbus, GA 31904

Phone: 706-405-2393
TTY: call GA Relay 711

www.access2independence.com
Serves the following counties in West Central Georgia: Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muskogee, Quitman, Stewart, Talbot, Taylor and Webster

 

Bainbridge Advocacy Individual Network (BAIN)

711 East Shotwell Street
P.O. Box 1674
Bainbridge, GA 39818
229-246-0150
TTY: Call GA Relay 711 / Toll Free: 1-800-255-0135
Fax: 229-246-1715

http://baincil.org

Serves the following counties in Southwest Georgia: Atkinson, Baker, Berrien, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Clinch, Colquitt, Cook, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Grady, Lanier, Lee, Lowndes, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Terrell, Tift, Thomas, and Worth.

 

Disability Connections

3695 Broadway

Macon, GA 31206
478-741-1425
Toll Free TTY/Voice: 1-800-743-2117
Fax: 478-755-1571

http://www.disabilityconnections.com

Serves the following counties in Central Georgia: Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson.

 

 disABILITY LINK

1901 Montreal Road, Suite 102

Tucker, GA 30084
404-687-8890
TTY: Call GA Relay 711
Toll Free TTY/Voice: 1-800-239-2507
Fax: 404-687-8298
www.disabilitylink.org

Serves the following counties in Metro Atlanta: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton and Rockdale.

 

Disability Resource Center

170 Scoggins Drive
Demorest, GA 30535
Voice 706-778-5355
TTY: call GA Relay 711 or at 800-255-0135
www.disabilityresourcecenter.org
Serves the following counties in North Georgia: Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White

 

Living Independence for Everyone, Inc. (LIFE)

4811 Waters Avenue

Savannah, GA  31405

912-920-2414

Toll Free 800.948.4842    

Video Phone 912.257.4834/ TTY 912-920-2419

Fax: 912-920-0007
www.lifecil.com

Serves the following counties in Southeast Georgia: Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Evans, Glynn, Liberty, McIntosh, Tattnall and Toombs.

 

Satellite Office:

990 N. Macon Street
Jesup, GA 31545
Phone: (912) 385-2214
http://www.lifecil.com

Serves the following counties in Southeast Georgia: Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Candler, Charlton, Long, Pierce, Ware, Wayne

 

Multiple Choices

145 Barrington Drive
Athens, GA 30605
706-850-4025

Fax: 706-850-4044
www.multiplechoices.us

Serves the following counties in Northeast Georgia: Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton.

 

NWGA Center for Independent Living

527 Broad Street, Suite 101

Rome, GA 30161

Voice: 706-314-0008
Toll Free: 866-888-7845
TTY: 706-802-0280
FAX: 706-314-0011

https://www.nwgacil.org

https://www.facebook.com/NWGACIL

Follow us on Twitter @NWGACIL

Serves the following counties in Northwest Georgia: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker and Whitfield.

 

Walton Options for Independent Living

948 Walton Way

Augusta, GA 30903-5019
Voice: 706-724-6262
TTY: 706-261-0199
Toll Free: 877-821-8400
FAX: 706- 724-6729

www.waltonoptions.org

Serves the following counties in East Georgia: Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lincoln, Richmond, Screven, Glascock, Hancock, McDuffie, Taliaferro, Warren, Wilkes, and Washington.

 

GEORGIA PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICE

Georgia Talking Book Libraries

 

Georgia Library Service for the Blind & Print Disabled (GLS)
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: (404) 657-1452
Toll-free (In-state): (800) 248-6701
E-mail:  
[email protected]

 

 


Hours of Operation: Telephone 8:00A-5:00P Mon – Fri.

Closed Sat & Sun.
Serves: All of Georgia; braille readers receive service from Utah. 

Georgia Library Service for the Blind & Print Disabled (GLS)

 

Librarian: Interim Director – Gina Martin
Telephone(404) 235-7155 
Toll-free (In-state): (800) 248-6701
E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: https://gls.georgialibraries.org

BLINDNESS SERVICE PROVIDERS

 

AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND, Inc. (APH)

APH is the world's largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085, U.S.A.
502-895-2405
Toll Free Customer Service: 1-800-223-1839 (U.S. and Canada)
Fax: 502-899-2284
[email protected]

www.aph.org

 

THE CENTER FOR FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE & INNOVATION, INC.

The Center for Financial Independence & Innovation, Inc. (The CFII) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities and their family members advance their financial independence and security. CFII operates Credit-Able which provides low-interest loans through participating credit unions to enable Georgians with disabilities access to affordable financing for Assistive Technology and Home & Vehicle Modifications.

 

The CFII/Credit-Able
794 Marietta Street
#93862
Atlanta, GA 30377
Phone: 404-385-7029
Fax: 404-894-8323

https://gatfl.gatech.edu/index.php

 

FRIENDS OF DISABLED ADULTS & CHILDREN (FODAC)

FODAC provides home health equipment (mobility and daily living) to people of any age or any disability, temporary or permanent, for medically necessary and medically helpful reasons.  Items are provided for a suggested donation. Clients do not have to qualify financially, but the waiting lists place a priority on medically necessary and low income individuals.

FODAC

4900 Lewis Road
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
770-491-9014

www.fodac.org

 

GEORGIA LIONS' CAMP FOR THE BLIND

Overnight camp programs in Waycross, Georgia for visually impaired children and adults, ages 6 and up, and their families.

Georgia Lions’ Camp for the Blind

5626 Laura Walker Road

Waycross, GA 31503

912-283-4320

www.glcb.org

GEORGIA RADIO READING SERVICE (GaRRS)

The mission of the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS) is to improve the quality of life for every Georgian who is blind, visually-impaired, or has difficulty with the printed word. Volunteer readers from across Georgia record approximately 200 different programs each month including essential local information, local and national newspapers, popular books, and an array of magazines and quality-of-life programming. The programming is broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and accessed by using an Amazon Alexa Dot, special radio, through our online webstream, by telephone, or by using a mobile app. Through these means we are able to provide our listeners with information, entertainment, and connections to their local communities.

 

The GaRRS listening audience is as diverse as our programming. We provide our service free-of-charge to any resident of Georgia who is visually-impaired or otherwise print-disabled. Some listeners are blind from birth, while others lost their sight through illness, age, or accident. Some have retained sufficient vision to remain physically active but lack enough vision to read. GaRRS listeners also include senior citizens who have trouble reading and people with physical or mental impairments that make handling printed material difficult.

 

Our programming is provided free of charge through the generosity of our supporters and donors. Funding is also provided in part by contributions from listeners. You can listen online, through a special GaRRS radio, over the phone, or through an app. To start listening, sign up to request a password to stream the broadcast online, or you can request a radio that will be sent to your home. We also have an extensive archive of previously-aired shows that can be accessed on our website.

 

 

GaRRS

260 14th Street, NW

Atlanta, GA 30318

404-685-2820/2822

Toll Free: 1-800-672-6173

[email protected]rrs.org

 

GEORGIA TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM (GATEDP)
GATEDP provides a variety of specialized telecommunications equipment to qualified applicants who have difficulty using a standard phone. For those who qualify, the GATEDP staff also offers assistance selecting telecommunications equipment and training on how to use it properly. Example: large button phones with amplification.

GATEDP

2296 Henderson Mill Rd #115

Atlanta, GA 30345

VP: 404-381-8447

1-888-297-9461

Fax: 404-297-9465             

[email protected]

 

GEORGIA VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AGENCY

BLINDNESS REHABILITATION SERVICES

The VR Blindness Services unit provides services to help eligible persons with visual disabilities prepare for, start, and maintain competitive employment, thus becoming productive and independent citizens in their communities.

Shirley Robinson, CRC

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

Coordinator of Blind Services/Project Independence Program Manager

404-783-3545

200 Piedmont Avenue, SE

West Tower, 5th Floor

Atlanta, GA 30334

[email protected]

 

HADLEY

The mission of Hadley is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower adults with vision loss or blindness to thrive - at home, at work, and in their communities.

Founded in 1920 by William Hadley, an educator who lost his eyesight later in life, Hadley offers practical help, connection and support free of charge to anyone with a visual impairment, their families and professionals supporting them. Since July 2020, more than 14,000 learners have accessed nearly 60,000 workshops. The program currently has over a 70% completion rate and has scored over 97% in satisfaction ratings. Hadley provides online, large print, braille and audio media, reaching all 50 states and 100 countries. And more people learn braille from Hadley than from any other organization worldwide.

Hadley is a proud partner of the National Eye Institute and the National Eye Health Education Program.

Hadley's help conveniently meets learners where they are. Free of wait lists. Free of office visits. Free of charge.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Hadley relies on contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations to fund its programs.

Contact Us:
(800) 323-4238
[email protected]
700 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL 60093

[email protected]

www.hadley.edu

 

 

 

NEWSLINE

NFB-NEWSLINE is a free audio news service for anyone who is blind, low-vision, deafblind, or otherwise print-disabled that offers access to more than 500 publications, emergency weather alerts, job listings, and more.

NFB-NEWSLINE subscribers have access to:

  • National newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and USA Today
  • Breaking news sources, including CNN, BBC, and ESPN Online
  • International newspapers, including Financial Times and Vancouver Sun
  • Magazines, including Time, Consumer Reports, Guideposts, and Smithsonian
  • State newspapers
  • Emergency weather alerts and seven-day forecasts localized to your zip code or GPS location
  • The information that scrolls along the bottom of your television screen during emergency alerts
  • More than 100,000 job listings from two national job sources 
  • TV listings localized to your zip code and provider
  • Retail ads
  • NFB's national channel, including the ebook Building the Lives We Want, the Braille MonitorFuture Reflections, and presidential releases

How to Sign Up for NFB-NEWSLINE

Anyone who cannot read printed publications due to vision loss, dyslexia, or a physical disability is eligible to receive NFB-NEWSLINE.  Please register by calling your state's Library for the Blind and Print-Disabled or the National Federation of the Blind at 866-504-7300 to request an application. You may also download and mail an application or complete our online application. After your registration is processed, you will receive a message containing your activation codes and instructions.

 

More Information

For more information, please call us at 866-504-7300 or 410-659-9314, extension 2317, or email us at [email protected].

                      

PREVENT BLINDNESS GEORGIA

Founded in 1965, Prevent Blindness Georgia (PBGA) is the state affiliate of Prevent Blindness, the leading voluntary eye health organization dedicated to the prevention of blindness and the preservation of sight. Focusing on the delivery of services to some of the state’s poorest and most vulnerable residents, PBGA provides no-cost eye exams and corrective glasses for people of all ages.

 

Through an eye screening and public education program called Star Pupils™, PBGA provides vision screening for young Georgians in Title 1 Schools, lottery-funded pre-kindergartens, Head Starts, and public and private preschools. On the other end of the age spectrum, PBGA operates a Vision Outreach (VO) program which primarily involves temporary pop-up clinics throughout the state in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) as well other free health clinics and outreach centers serving the homeless, migrants, those in transitional housing, domestic violence centers, addiction recovery services, and centers affiliated with the Area Agency on Aging.

 

For Georgia’s 10.5 million residents, many of whom are living in poverty or are uninsured, PBGA is a vital resource, offering sight-conserving services and advocating for a continuum of eye healthcare.

Prevent Blindness Georgia

270 Carpenter Drive, Suite 606
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
404-266-2020

www.preventblindness.org

 

TOOLS FOR LIFE

Tools for Life, Georgia's Assistive Technology Act Program, is dedicated to increasing access to and acquisition of assistive technology (AT) devices and services for Georgians of all ages and disabilities so they can live, learn, work and play independently and with greater freedom in communities of their choice.

512 Means Street

Suite 250

Atlanta, GA 30318

404- 894-0541

www.gatfl.gatech.edu

[email protected]

 

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION (VA)

Blind Rehabilitation Services (BRS)

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides Blind and Visual Impairment Rehabilitation Services to eligible Veterans and active duty Service members. VA is the first and only national healthcare system to completely and seamlessly integrate rehabilitation services for patients with vision loss into its health benefits. This ensures that patients receive the finest medical and rehabilitative care, as well as cutting-edge assistive technology.

The mission of Blind Rehabilitation Service (BRS) is to assist eligible Veterans and active duty Service members with a visual impairment in developing the skills needed for personal independence and successful reintegration into the community and family environment.

Blind Rehabilitation Service will provide care coordination, assessments and therapeutic instruction to help Veterans and active duty Service members reclaim the confidence and skills needed to lead an independent, fulfilling life after vision loss.

Veterans and eligible active duty service members can get help for vision loss by first contacting the VIST Coordinator in the VA facility nearest their home. VIST locations can be found on the Blind Rehabilitation Service website at:

www.va.gov

http://www.va.gov/blindrehab/

202-461-7317

Toll Free: 800-698-2411

 

HEARING LOSS RESOURCES

 

GEORGIA CENTER OF THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING (GCDHH)

Established in 1989, GCDHH is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides a variety of assistive services to the deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, deaf-blind, their family members, friends, and those with whom they interact. In addition to the main office in Decatur, satellite offices are operated in Columbus and Savannah, GA.

GCDHH Headquarters
2296 Henderson Mill Rd #115

Atlanta, GA 30345

VP: 404-381-8447

1-888-297-9461

Fax: 404-297-9465

[email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

HEARING AND VISION LOSS RESOURCES

 

GEORGIA LIONS LIGHTHOUSE, INC.

Nearly 2 million Georgians are uninsured. GEORGIA LIONS LIGHTHOUSE (GLLF) is committed to filling the gaps that still exist for underinsured Georgians by providing access to low-cost vision and hearing services.

GLLF partners with a statewide network of optometrists, ophthalmologists, and audiologists to provide vision screenings, eye exams, eyeglasses, eye surgeries, and hearing aids to over 7,000 Georgia residents each year.

Low cost vision and hearing services for Georgians, including:

·      full eye exams

·      eyeglasses

·      eye surgeries

·      digital hearing aids

·      vision and hearing screenings

 

Georgia Lions Lighthouse, Inc.                         

5582 Peachtree Road         
Chamblee, GA 30341
404-325-3630

www.lionslighthouse.org

 

HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER (HKNC) FOR DEAF-BLIND YOUTHS AND ADULTS

The mission of HKNC is to enable each person who is Deaf-Blind to live and work in his or her community of choice.

 

 

Helen Keller National Center

141 Middle Neck Road

Sands Point, NY 11050

Debbie Harlin

516-944-8900 x 328 (8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.)

Fax: 516-944-7302

[email protected] 

www.hknc.org

 

David Volper, MA

Regional Representative, Region 4A

Helen Keller National Center

347-899-0575 (Text Only) 321-282-6216 VP

[email protected]

www.helenkeller.org/hknc

 

iCANCONNECT/GA

GEORGIA NATIONAL DEAF-BLIND EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM (GNDBEDP)

The iCanConnect/GA NDBEDP provides modern telecommunications technology free of charge to low-income individuals of all ages who have combined vision and hearing loss.

2296 Henderson Mill Rd #115

Atlanta, GA 30345

VP: 404-381-8447

1-888-297-9461

Fax: 404-297-9465             

[email protected]

Georgia Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution | iCanConnect.org

                               

 

 

Updated December 2021