We provide specific services for people who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind including one-on-one vocational rehabilitation counseling and guidance, training services (vocational, academic, personal, job-seeking, and on-the-job training), rehabilitation technology services, including assistive technology devices and assistive technology services, and rehabilitation engineering services to address barriers encountered with employment. Some of our specialized programs for the blind and visually impaired include Personal Adjustment Training, Business Enterprise Program, and independent living services for ages 55 and up.
To get started, contact a local Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Office.
Personal Adjustment Training
We offer specialized training programs to help people who are blind or visually impaired become independent at home, in the community, and in employment. Training may be provided through the center-based program or the field-based program. The center-based program is located in Denver. The field-based program is statewide where instruction is provided in your home. Instruction can also take place on a job site and in other community settings.
Business Enterprise Program
This is a program providing priority for people who are blind to operate and manage food, vending, and other business services in federal and state government office buildings and properties. The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) trains and places eligible legally blind entrepreneurs to manage operations in these buildings plus some privately owned facilities.
Older Individuals Who Are Blind
The Older Individuals Who Are Blind (OIB) program 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.
The Howard Fund was made for the sole purpose of helping Coloradans with low vision or blindness increase their independence and ability to participate in all aspects of life. Mrs. Howard's generosity established The Howard Fund.