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Rhode Island Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Office of Rehabilitation Services
The purpose of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to provide eligible individuals with visual impairments the opportunities and support that will enable them to become independent, active, self-sustaining members of their community. To be eligible for services, you must be visually impaired, with acuity of 20/60 or less in the better eye with correction, or a field loss of twenty degrees or less in the better eye. Services to children from birth through age twenty-one are provided by social workers and rehabilitation counselors. These services include: Counseling and guidance to children with visual impairments and their parents; Medical and educational planning; Advocacy; Vocational guidance; Summer camp program, Camp Mauchatea, in conjunction with the Lions Sight Foundation. In order to promote employment and independent living opportunities for adults with visual impairments, these units employ rehabilitation counselors, social workers, rehabilitation teachers, and mobility instructors. Services may include: Assessment, counseling, and guidance; Training in mobility, daily living skills, and communication (including Braille); Vocational training; Adaptive equipment; Job development and placement.