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What services are provided for blind veterans?

Published 05/25/2011 02:44 PM   |    Updated 05/25/2011 02:44 PM
What services does the VA provide for blind veterans?

Blind veterans may be eligible for services at a VA Medical Center or for admission to a VA blind rehabilitation center or clinic. Services are available at all VA medical facilities through the Visual Impairment Services (VIST) Coordinator.

Aids and services for blind veterans include:

  • A total health and benefits review by a VA Visual Impairment services team
  • Adjustment to Blindness Training 
  • Home improvements and structural alterations to homes
  • Specially adapted housing and adaptations
  • Low vision aids and training in their use 
  • Electronic and mechanical aids for the blind, including adaptive computers and computer-assisted devices such as reading machines and electronic travel aids
  • Talking books, tapes and Braille literature
  • Supporting veterans in identifying sources for guide dogs and in completing application process to obtain a guide dog, assist with expenses of training the veteran to use the dog and the cost of the dog's medical care as provided for in VHA policy and regulation

For specific information about Prosthetics, Medical Devices and Sensory Aids (eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.)go to http://www.prosthetics.va.gov/