Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Vision Loss Services
1 Veterans Dr, Minneapolis, MN, 55417-2309
Distance: 989 Miles
Blind or visually impaired support services involve direct support to people who are blind, deaf-blind, or those with low vision. Program focuses on teaching Independent Living Skills (ILS) to people with a visual impairment.
The Blind Rehabilitation Services:
* Provides training and support to blind and low vision Veterans and active duty service members to help them live independently
* Helps family and caregivers to understand how to help someone with low or no vision
* Assists in enhancing home environments and reducing caregiver burden
The VISOR Program is a part of the Blind Rehabilitation Services. This is a short-term training program for veterans with a visual impairment. This program and the adaptive equipment provided are free to all eligible veterans.
The HOPTEL Program is a 5 day program that meets approximately one week per month. During the day, individual or small group classes may include cooking, using a reading machine, cane travel, labeling methods, home safety, and using public transportation. This service is also available as several sessions as an outpatient.
- Blind or visually impaired
Veterans who are eligible for Veterans Affairs (VA) medical care.
Go online to find out if you are eligible and/or enroll in VA care.
7:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
State of Minnesota
|Crisis Line - Veterans||(800) 273-8255|
|Toll Free||(866) 414-5058|
This provider does not offer this service at other locations.
Other Services or resources
- Caregiver Support
- Counseling Services
- Dental Clinic
- Geriatric Services
- Medical Foster Home Program
- Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Recovery Services
- Opioid Treatment - Non-Residential
- Rehabilitation Therapy
- Service Dogs
- Social Work Services
- VA Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
- VA Nursing Home (Community Living Center)
- Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- Wellness Program
Taxonomy Terms Used: Clicking a taxonomy term from the list below launches a new search.
LH-0600.5000-100Blind Mobility Aids Definition
Programs that pay for or provide aids such as long canes, laser canes, compasses and raised maps which facilitate the ability of blind people to move safely and efficiently in the school, home or community environment.
LH-0650.0700-015Assistive Technology Equipment Acquisition Assistance Definition
Programs that pay all or a portion of the costs associated with purchasing, leasing or otherwise acquiring assistive technology equipment. Included are programs that pay for needed assistive technology products outright and those that provide or arrange for interest-free, low-interest or market rate loans to finance the lease/purchase.
LR-3200Independent Living Skills Instruction Definition
Programs that assist people who have disabilities to learn the basic skills of daily living through individual and group counseling and instruction, experience and practice in coping with real or simulated life situational demands; or through the use of assistive devices, special equipment and specialized assistants. Services include but are not limited to training in the ability to travel about the community alone; to live independently in a private residence; to maintain health through self-care and use of medical services; to live within personal income; to maintain acceptable grooming and appearance; to deal with legal, family or social problems; and to cope with other requirements for successful independent living.
LR-6400Orientation and Mobility Training Definition
Programs that help people who are blind or who have visual impairments develop the fundamental spatial concepts and skills that are necessary for maximum mobility and independent living. Instruction focuses on moving safely and purposefully in the school, home or community environment; and usually includes procedures for street crossings, travel in unfamiliar areas, utilization of public transportation, and appropriate use of aids such as sighted guides or canes. Training for persons who want to acquire the skills to be a sighted guide may also be provided.
A disability that is characterized by a combination of hearing and visual impairments.
A condition in which affected individuals are totally blind and cannot see or are legally blind and have central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with maximal correction, or a peripheral field of vision that is so contracted that its widest diameter subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees.
YF-9000.6500Partial Sightedness Definition
A condition in which affected individuals have remaining visual acuity between 20/200 and 20/70 in the better eye with maximal correction.
Individuals who are former members of one of the branches of the armed forces and who, by length and type of services, honorable discharge or release or degree of disability, qualify for the benefits and privileges that are provided by law for ex-servicemen and women.