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)
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
Low Vision Clinic for Veterans
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
Montana Nonprofit Associations
MonTech provides services, technology, and support that improve the quality of life for Montanans living with disability. Call 877-243-5511 for the office in Missoula or 406-657-2089 for the office in Billings.
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.
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 show show. 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.