MONTANA RESOURCES FOR BLIND/LOW-VISION

 

State and Federal Programs

State Blind and Low Vision Services - a division of the Montana State Department of Public Health and Human Services. Our mission is to advance work and independence for Montanans with blindness or visual disabilities. Blind and Low Vision Services provides services through three programs to assist individuals in finding or maintaining employment, learning to live with low vision or blindness, and increasing independence. 

Blind and Low Vision Services is available statewide.

Our Central Office administrative staff is located in Helena.

Blind and Low Vision Services
111 N Last Chance Gulch, Suite 4C
PO Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604-4210
1 (877) 296-1197 (toll-free consumer line)
(406) 444-2590 (voice/TTY)
(406) 444-3632 (fax)
E-mail: vrinfo@mt.gov

 

 

Montana Talking Book Library

Montana Talking Book Library provides audio books and descriptive videos for people who have vision loss or a physical condition that makes it impossible for them to read. It is a Regional Library of the National Library Service (NLS) for the blind and physically handicapped. For information, you can follow the link above or contact them at:

Montana Talking Book Library

1515 East Sixth Avenue

PO Box 201800

Helena, MT 59620-1800

1-800-332-3400 or 406-444-2064

 

 

MT Blind Veterans Association

Low Vision Clinic for Veterans is located in Fort Harrison. We care for Veterans who have a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with ordinary glasses, contact lenses or surgery. How do you get an appointment? If veterans are already participating in VA care, they can request their primary care provider or their VA eye doctor consult the Low Vision Clinic. If they are not receiving VA care, they can contact the VA Eligibility office at (406) 447-7350/7460/7409 or 1-877-468-8387.

 

The VIST Coordinator is a case manager who has major responsibility for the coordination of all services for legally blind veterans and their families. Duties include providing and/or arranging for the provision of appropriate treatment modalities, i.e. referrals to VA Blind Rehabilitation Centers and/or other services in order to enhance a blinded Veteran's functioning level. For more information on eligibility and benefits for Blind Veterans, please contact Brittany McKinsey, CVLT, VIST Coordinator at (406) 373-3612 in Billings CBOC.

 

 

Montana Office on Aging: Senior and Long-Term Care is a division of the Montana State Department of Public Health and Human Services. 

Their mission is to advocate and promote dignity and independence for older Montanans and Montanans with disabilities by:

Providing information, education, and assistance;

Planning, developing and providing for quality long-term care services; and

Operating within a cost-effective service delivery system.

111 Sanders Street

Helena, MT 59604

Local Telephone: (406) 444-4788

Toll-Free Telephone: (800) 551-3191

 

 

MonTECH

MonTech provides services, technology, and support that improve the quality of life for Montanans living with a disability. Call 877-243-5511 for the office in Missoula or 406-657-2089 for the office in Billings.

 

 

NFB Newsline - A free service to those who cannot read regular newsprint, NFB Newsline offers over 300 newspapers and over 35 magazines to read using a standard touch-tone phone or a computer.

 

Low Vision Montana - Low Vision Montana’s mission is to connect people who have low vision or blindness, and their families, with options that create and enhance independence.

Montana School for the Deaf & Blind - The Montana School for the Deaf & Blind provides comprehensive educational opportunities for Montana’s deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired children.

 

The Bozeman Chapter of the MAB operates a Low Vision Center. People with vision problems can come to learn about what equipment is available and try it out. The center is staffed by volunteers; it does not sell items, but can direct you to where they are available. For an appointment, call Donna at: 

 

Montana Independent Living Centers: Montana independent living Project - promoting independence for people living with disabilities residing in 14 southwest Montana counties. 800-735-6457.

 

 

Montana Youth Transitions (MY Transitions): To improve transition services and increase the number of youth with disabilities who achieve their desired post-school outcomes.

Montana Rural Health Initiatives: The Montana RHI's mission is to create a dynamic network linking prevention and community-based wellness programs throughout Montana to stimulate a higher level of wellness across the state.

 

Montana School for the Deaf & Blind - The Montana School for the Deaf & Blind provides comprehensive educational opportunities for Montana’s deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired children.

 

National Organizations

 

Foundation Fighting Blindness: retinal conditions research. Richard Baubion at 800-683-5555.

American Foundation for the Blind

National Federation of the Blind

Blind Institute of Technology We are a leading workforce development and inclusive employment solutions provider helping people with disabilities, and the employers who hire them, achieve success in the workplace. 

 

Recreation and More

Extreme Mobility Camps, Inc.: Summer and winter camps for blind and visually impaired ages 13-30. Representative Michael Mooney, phone: 406-672-5285

 

Home Crafted Montana: Items handmade by people in Montana with visual impairments. Contact Evelyn Pool: 406-200-8278.

 

Ski for Light Montana is a program that teaches visually impaired people from all over Montana to cross country ski or snowshoe. It is a unique experience for both the blind or low vision skier and the sighted guide. Call Ed Durbin for more information: 406-366-0491. 

 

The Blind History Lady has many inspiring stories about people who are blind.