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Independent Living Services for Seniors
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.
- Information and referral
- Rehabilitation teaching services
- Orientation and Mobility
- Low-vision services
- Adapted aids and appliances
- Daily living skills
- Leisure activities
- Braille and other communication methods
- Peer support groups
For more information about services for blind seniors from the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, call 800-292-4200 toll-free.
Independent Living Resources
Area Agencies on Aging
Michigan Centers for Independent Living
Find your local Center for Independent Living by clicking the link below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who may refer an individual for Independent Living services from the Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons?You may refer yourself, or any person you designate may refer you for services.
How do I qualify for Independent Living Program Services?You must be a Michigan resident who is 55 years old or over, and you must be legally blind. This means your vision is 20/200 in your better eye with correction. When viewing the eye chart in your doctor's office, this will be the E at the top of the chart. You may qualify if your vision is 20/100 in your better eye with a statement of deteriorating vision. You may qualify if your field of view is 20 degrees or less.
How much will Independent Living Programs cost?There is no cost for teaching services. Adaptive equipment may be provided at no cost within Bureau of Services for Blind Persons budget constraints. Discuss your options with the teacher/counselor assigned to your county.
Will my insurance cover the cost of magnifiers?Not at this time. Discuss these concerns with your eye care provider.
What is the duration of Independent Living Program services?This program is short-term. It is individualized by the teacher/counselor and the client. It is not designed to be a life-long program.
Can I receive financial assistance from the Independent Living Program?
Does the Independent Living Program provide transportation?
Are chore providers available through the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons?
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