Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Boise

Organization Name: Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Address: 341 W Washington
Boise, ID 83720
Phone: 208-334-3220
Fax: 208-334-2963
Eligibility: Legal and functional blindness or losing vision.
Services Provided: Rehabilitation Services include:
- medical assistance as deemed appropriate
- independent living services
- vocational guidance and counseling
- vocational and academic training, including books, tuition, equipment, and supplies
- home instruction in alternative techniques of blindness
- assistance in setting up a small business
- job placement and follow-up to assure success

**ATC-Center: provides intensive instruction in alternative techniques skills. The Center's goal is to provide training which will allow the individual to perform any task, on the job or at home, as well as his/ her sighted peers. Whenever possible, the client is encouraged to participate in training at the center; however, when that is not possible, the client may learn these skills at home through the assistance of a home instructor. Instruction is available in the following areas:
- adjustment to blindness
- instruction in travel (getting to where you want to go)
- braille, typing, and computer
- techniques of daily living and homemaking
- industrial arts, including wood shop

**Sight Restoration: The best way to rehabilitate a blind person is to restore vision. When sight can be restored, ICBVI, civic organizations, and other state agencies often can provide financial assistance to qualified individuals.

**Business Enterprise Programs: Many blind individuals manage and operate vending stands located in public buildings throughout Idaho. Interested individuals may receive training in accounting and management procedures, initial ordering and maintenance of equipment, stock, and supplies. This program makes it possible for some blind individuals to earn a living and pay taxes.

**Services for Seniors: The Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides specially designed services for seniors who are experiencing vision loss. These services may include home counseling, instruction in alternative techniques, peer support groups, low vision services, and making communities and resources more accessible for the senior blind or visually impaired person.

**Newsline for the Blind Reading Services: ICBVI has made available to the blind of Idaho a national newspaper service via the telephone. Additionally, volunteers broadcast the reading of the Idaho Statesman and other current materials on radio (this radio service is limited to a one-hundred mile radius of Boise).

**Taping Services: The Commission along with volunteers, produce reading materials on tape for blind college students and others having special reading needs. The Idaho State Library's "Talking Book Program" provides, on loan, record players or tape players for blind persons to use to listen to books, magazines, and other recorded material. Call 334-2117 for more information.

**Employment: The ICBVI provides training and works with employers to provide opportunities. They provide employers with individual and group training on blindness and "What Blind People Can Do".

**Summer Programs for Youth: In order to help blind and visually impaired young people become self-sufficient adults, ICBVI offers the Summer Youth Program, Summer Work Experience Program, and College Days.

**Low Vision Clinic and Store: ICBVI contracts with local optometrist to perform the Low Vision Clinic one or two days each week. The ICBVI Low Vision Store offers a variety of low vision devices and products for visually impaired individuals.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018