Rehabilitation & Government Programs for Adults with Vision Loss

These organizations help adults adjust to vision loss and adventitious blindness, while retaining their independence through rehabilitation and vocational guidance. Material in this section addresses physical and emotional adjustment broadly, with additional information on vocational rehabilitation. Resources for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired and their employers are also included.
 
Additional information on adjusting to vision loss can be found in other sections as well.  For example, adjustments and adaptations regarding recreation and leisure activities are found in that section. Family support and information for Seniors may also contain information about rehabilitation and adjustment.
 

Introduction to Rehabilitation:

American Foundation for the Blind 
A landing page for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with jump links that take you to essential sections 501, 504, and 508.
 
State of Indiana
A timeline of the VR program, along with key amendments.
 
U.S. Department of Education
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) website explains its mission and responsibilities, with subpages specific to teachers, families, and "No Child Left behind," the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB).
 
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Contributing author and copy editor Danika Taylor addresses the history of the rehabilitation movement in this article from 2005's Braille Monitor.
 
Braille Monitor, December 2014, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Lauren McLarney, Manager of Governmental Affairs for National Federation of the Blind, provides her annual Social Security summary.
 
American Council of the Blind (ACB)
In a 2011 update of their original position statement, ACB outlines its principal beliefs in regard to rehabilitative services to individuals who are blind.
 

Federal Sites on Rehabilitation:

 
Rehabilitation Services Administration 
Hosted by Utah State University, NCRTM is a centralized resources for materials related to rehabilitation training. Career and professional development materials for rehabilitation practitioners may also be found here.
 
NARIC catalogs a range of information under the topic of rehabilitation. Search for materials or browse topics ranging from assistive technology to statistical resources. The NARIC Knowledgebase allows you to pinpoint search terms, including items specific to your state.
 
U.S. Department of Education
Download the full text of The Rehabilitation Act.
 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Section 504 protects individuals from discrimination (based on their disability) by workplaces and services that receive federal assistance. This fact sheet lists specific actions which The Rehabilitation Act expressly forbids.
 

Web-Based Organizations and Resources:

 
An extensive list of rehabilitation facilities and agencies in the U.S. and a few other countries. Organized by zip code order.
 
In this one-hour video, Jeff Migliozzi, teacher at Perkins School for the Blind, discusses his experience of being blind and the challenges of daily life. He appeared as a guest lecturer at the Children's Physical Developmental Clinic at Bridgewater State University (MA).