Older Blind/Project Independence

The Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) Program (also known as Project Independence) is a federally funded grant program that provides independent living services to persons age 55 or older and who are blind or visually impaired. Eligible persons are provided assistance in learning new strategies for accomplishing daily tasks and participating in family and community activities. Most persons served in this program have become blind or visually impaired in their later years. Independent Living services include advocacy, information and referral, cross-disability peer counseling and independent living skills training, as well as other services that assist individuals to maintain or regain independence and participation in their communities. 

GVRA outsources OIB services to independent living centers and other qualifying agencies throughout the state. These agencies include: 

Providers: 

Center for the Visually Impaired  

Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision  

Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia 

Visually Impaired Foundation of Georgia 

Visually Impaired Specialized Training and Advocacy Services (VISTAS) 

Walton Options for Independent Living 

Services: 

  • Daily Living Skills Training 

  • Orientation and Mobility Training 

  • Access Technology Training  

  • Support Groups  

Resources:  

Georgia’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (Adrc) 

American Foundation for The Blind (Afb) 

Georgia Council of the Blind (Gcb) 

Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled 

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (Aph) 

National Federation of the Blind of Georgia (Nfb) 

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) 

The Center For Financial Independence & Innovation, Inc. 

Georgia Radio Reading Service (Garrs) 

Georgia Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (Gatedp) 

 

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