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The Senior Blind Program (Independent Living Program)

The Independent Living (IL) Program of Michigan's Bureau of Services for Blind Persons is a federal-state partnership providing services to Michigan residents age 55 and older who are visually impaired. Program participants are individuals whose severe visual impairment makes competitive employment extremely difficult to attain but for whom goals related to more independent living are feasible. 

Services include: 

  • Information and referral 
  • Rehabilitation teaching services 
  • Orientation and mobility 
  • Low-vision services 
  • Adapted aids and appliances 
  • Daily living skills 
  • Leisure activities 
  • Counseling 
  • Braille and other communication methods 
  • Peer support groups 

For more information, call 800-292-4200 toll-free, or hear or read more information online about services for blind seniors from the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons.