Local Resources for the Blind

State/Federal Services

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services

Every visually impaired citizen should know that certain services needed may be paid for by the State of Louisiana through the office of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services. Counselors are on hand to discuss your disability and help you find solutions to problems, or help guide you through an adjustment program. You must become a client of L.R.S. to receive State supported adjustment to blindness programs, orientation and mobility training, equipment acquisition, job training programs and schools. For more information call Louisiana Rehabilitation Services in New Orleans at (504) 838-5180.

Louisiana State Library, Section for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

The State Library of Louisiana provides free library service to any person who is unable to read or handle ordinary printed materials because of visual impairment. The primary service offered is the "Talking Book Program." Talking Books are recordings on disks and cassettes of books and magazines. Large print and braille books are also available. Record and special cassettes are available on loan. Both equipment and reading material are mailed directly to your home, and no postage is required. To receive this service, your doctor or other qualified authority must fill out a brief application form indicating the visual impairment you have that prevents you from being able to read ordinary print and signed by the doctor. You can obtain the application by calling the State Library of Louisiana Section for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at 1-800-543-4702.

Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired

The Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired (LSVI) is a residential State school available in Baton Rouge for children. For more information call (504) 342-4756.

Louisiana Lions Clubs Services

The Lions Clubs of Louisiana and Lions Clubs International have a variety of services aimed at preventing blindness and living with blindness and other handicaps.

Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation

The Eye Foundation has its original and primary location in New Orleans. In the last few years, this has been supplemented by a dozen clinics around the state of Louisiana to provide diagnostic and surgical services for visual problems. They also examine, prescribe and dispense glasses. Assistance is provided based on need. For more information or referrals to the clinic, contact any Lions Club.

Louisiana Lions League for Crippled Children Camp

Located in Leesville, Louisiana, the camp has provided a week of outdoor activity for handicapped children for over 35 years. During each summer, the camp hosts children who are deaf, blind, diabetic or have pulmonary, physical or mental handicaps. On 171 acres, with state of the art facilities, the specially trained staff changes lives. For more information, contact any Louisiana Lions Club.

Leader Dogs for the Blind

Located in Rochester, Michigan, this Lions project was started in 1939. Here, blind clients are teamed with a trained Leader Dog companion to develop a new level of independence. The program is funded by the Lions Clubs across the United States. Contact any Lions Club for more information.

Adjustment to Blindness Programs

The following listing of agencies assist newly blind, visually impaired or congenitally blind citizens adjust to blindness and acquire techniques to make life easier.

Affiliated Blind of Louisiana

The Affiliated Blind of Louisiana in Lafayette operates a statewide homebound service which teaches adaptive techniques and devices to help you maintain independence. All visually impaired, blind and deaf-blind individuals are eligible. ABL has prepared a residential program at their facility in Lafayette to provide an intensive training and adjustment program. For more information call (318) 234-6492.

Lighthouse for the Blind

The Lighthouse for the Blind in New Orleans provides a range of adjustment to blindness classes including kitchen techniques, personal management, cane and independent travel skills, and much more. Call (504) 899-4501 for details.

Louisiana Center for the Blind

The Louisiana Center for the Blind in Ruston, provides a residential program for training and orientation. The Center teaches all aspects of blindness skills as well as college readiness, GED and job placement. For more information, call the Louisiana Center for the Blind at (800) 234-4166.

Project Independence

Project Independence is a 10 week adjustment and evaluation program for newly blinded adults run by the Jewish Community Center in New Orleans. Instruction includes mobility, communications, daily living skills and arts and crafts. For more information, call the Jewish Community Center at (504) 897-0143.

Job Training, Job Opportunities

Greater New Orleans Job Bank

The Greater New Orleans Job Bank is an organization of agencies and businesses exchanging information on jobs available for people with disabilities. Job Bank referrals are broadcast on WRBH when available. Listen to WRBH at 88.3 FM to hear referrals.

Lighthouse for the Blind

The Lighthouse for the Blind operates an industrial program which trains blind people in several different types of job skills in a real working environment. Training can result in employment by the Lighthouse. For more information, call (504) 899-4501.

Louisiana Center for the Blind

The Louisiana Center for the Blind in Ruston offers job placement counseling. Call (800) 234-4166 for more information.

Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of Louisiana

Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of Louisiana offers a program for placing qualified visually impaired people in business operating vending stands and restaurant facilities in federal and state buildings, as well as in buildings in the private sector. For information, call your nearest Louisiana Rehabilitation Services office.

University of New Orleans, Training and Resource Center for the Blind

The University of New Orleans Training and Resource Center for the Blind offers microcomputer training, vocational evaluations, and job readiness services for the visually impaired. Call (504) 286-7096 for more information.

Resource Facilities

Louisiana Technology Assistance Network

The Louisiana Technology Assistance Network and Regional Assistive Technology Resource Centers are sponsored by the Easter Seals Society of Louisiana. Computer-related assistive technology and other adaptive devices. are displayed. Services include demonstration, training, and assistance, a loan program, a resource library, referral services and information and assistance relating to obtaining funding for assistive technology. Call (504) 455-5533 for details.

University of New Orleans, Training and Resource Center for the Blind

The University of New Orleans Training and Resource Center for the Blind has an extensive computer lab with a variety of hardware on display adapted for use by the blind wit synthesized speech and large print screens. Also on display ar devices for personal, home or office use. Demonstration an counseling are available. Call (504) 286-7096 for information.

Organizations

There are several organizations created by blind people for blind people. These groups offer practical, first hand accounts about what it is like to be blind or visually impaired and information on coping with blindness. These groups participate in social functions such as parties, conventions, and other excursions. The following are organizations active in the metropolitan New Orleans area.


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