Host of resources
Dr. Stamper reviewed tools and services for the visually impaired that are available from federal, state, and private organizations. They include groups for emotional support and vocational counseling services for those who are in the workforce.
“It is important to realize that 30% of people who are blind are still employed,” Dr. Stamper said. “People who are blind can still enjoy life and many recreational activities that sighted people do.”
There are aids for assisting patients with activities of daily living, including handicapped parking stickers for transportation, products that enable reading if the patient is partially sighted, and products and services for maintaining function and safety at home.
“In California, the Department of Rehabilitation operates a residential center, where patients can live for six to nine months to learn skills to function as a partially sighted or blind person,” Dr. Stamper said.
There are also programs that provide training in financial management and financial assistance for the visually impaired. Individuals may be eligible to receive disability or supplemental income payments from Social Security, income tax credits, reduced public transit fares, free prescriptions, free postage for books or other items related to their disability, and coverage by Medicare or Medicaid.