Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind

Overview

If you are 55 or older and have a vision problem that makes everyday tasks difficult, Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind may be able to help you gain the confidence you need to live independently. Successful independent living training can help you:

  • Accomplish everyday tasks
  • Participate in your favorite activities
  • Communicate with family and friends
  • Gain a better understanding about your vision impairment
  • Get back confidence you may have lost

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Eligibility

The Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Program provides services to consumers 55 and older:

  • Who have significant visual impairment
  • Whose ability to function independently in the home, family, or community is substantially limited due to visual impairment
  • For whom the delivery of independent living services will substantially improve their ability to function, continue functioning, or move toward functioning independently in the home, family, or community

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Services

Depending on the individual need, the following services may be provided by TWC to eligible consumers:

  • Independent living skills training, provided in a consumer’s home or in the community
  • Orientation and mobility training
  • Low vision evaluations and low vision devices, including video magnification, hand-held magnifiers, and other identified devices
  • Diabetes education
  • Deafblind evaluations and equipment
  • Counseling on adjustment to blindness
  • Other services as necessary, such as ancillary services provided to support skills training

For more information about eligibility and services provided by TWC’s Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Program, please use the following table to identify the staff contact in your area.

Coverage Areas

Contact Name

Address/Phone Number

Counties Served

Abilene,
Wichita Falls,
San Angelo

Tara Rodriguez

4601 South First, Suite M
Abilene, TX 79605
325-795-5840

Archer, Baylor, Brown, Callahan, Clay, Coke, Coleman, Comanche, Concho, Cottle, Crockett, Eastland, Fisher, Foard, Hardeman, Haskell, Irion, Jack, Jones, Kimble, Knox, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Mitchell, Montague, Nolan, Reagan, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Sutton, Taylor, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Wichita, Wilbarger, Young

Amarillo,
Lubbock,
Northern Odessa

Steve Lehman

5121 69th St., Bldg A
Lubbock, TX 79424
806-783-2939

Armstrong, Bailey, Borden, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Collingsworth, Crosby, Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hockley, Howard, Hutchinson, Kent, King, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Lynn, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Sterling, Swisher, Terry, Wheeler, Yoakum

Austin

David Miars

6400 E Hwy 290, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78723
512-533-7100

Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Llano, Travis, Williamson

Beaumont,
Lufkin

Demetrial Owens

510 Park Street, Suite 100
Beaumont, TX 77701
409- 600-2664

Angelina, Hardin, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler

Dallas

Aisha Parker

6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75206
214-378-2666

Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman

Dallas

Roxana Mendez-Rangel

6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75206
214-378-2687

Collin, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Rockwall

El Paso,
Odessa

Jesus Donacio

401 E. Franklin Ave.
El Paso, TX 79901
915-834-7014

Andrews, Brewster, Crane, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Glasscock, Hemphill, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, Winkler

Fort Worth

Brooke Lewis

2400 Circle Dr., Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX 76119
817-759-3515

Cooke, Denton, Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant, Wise

Houston

Carlos Vasquez

427 W. 20th St.
Houston, TX 77008
713-802-3126

Austin, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, Waller

Houston,
Galveston

Julio Leal

10060 Fuqua
Houston, TX 77089
713-948-7968

Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Liberty

McAllen

Macarena Pena

801 Nolana, Suite 115
McAllen, TX 78504
956-661-0930

Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Cameron, Dimmitt, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, La Salle, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Nueces, San Patricio, Starr, Webb, Willacy, Zapata, Zavala

San Antonio

Rosalind Livings

4241 Woodcock Dr., Suite A-105
San Antonio, TX 78228
210-785-2761

Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Calhoun, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Edwards, Fayette, Frio, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Jackson, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Lavaca, Matagorda, Medina, Real, Refugio, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Wharton, Wilson

Tyler,
Texarkana

Doris Rowe

1121 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
903-279-0987

Anderson, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood

Waco,
Bryan

Zebedee Johnson

1416 S. New Road
Waco, TX 76711
254-296-5295

Bell, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Grimes, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, McLennan, Milam, Mills, Navarro, Robertson, Walker, Washington

 

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Other Independent Living Services

The Health and Human Services Commission provides a broad array of independent living services to people of all ages and with all disabilities through the network of Centers for Independent Living.  TWC is working closely with these Centers to ensure a smooth referral process and non-duplication of services.  For more information, contact the Health and Human Services Commission’s Independent Living Services.

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