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Independent Living Services for Older Blind (ILOB) Ohioans

The loss of vision is a challenge faced by Ohio’s aging population, but Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) can help citizens overcome this challenge and maintain their independence. OOD’s ILOB team assist Ohioans with meeting their specific needs through providing independent living (IL) services to older individuals who are blind. OOD supports the provision of IL services, for eligible individuals to maintain independence in the community. The provision of services to support an individual’s goal of Independent Living may include:

  • Information and Referral;
  • Providing Adaptive Aids and Equipment, with Supported Training;
  • Independent Living Skills Training; and
  • Supportive Services and Rehabilitation Teaching Services.


An individual seeking to remain independent in their home, may qualify for services based on the following eligibility criteria:

  • Individual is age 55 or older;
  • Individual has a documented severe visual impairment, which makes competitive employment extremely difficult to obtain;
  • Individual’s independent goals are feasible; and
  • The individual requires and can benefit from Independent Living services in order to obtain or maintain independent living.  

Starting the Process:

A referral for services can be made by utilizing the following methods:

  • Calling the OOD main office 800-282-4536 and speaking to the ILOB team;
  • Sending an email to ILProgram@ood.ohio.govand providing basic contact information; or
  • Completing and mailing a Referral Form to 400 East Campus View Boulevard Columbus OH 43235; or
  • Faxing a completed Referral Form to 614-985-7914.