Maryland State Department of Education: Division of Rehabilitation Services, Office for Blindness and Vision Services

General Information

Maryland State Department of Education: Division of Rehabilitation Services, Office for Blindness and Vision Services
2301 Argonne Drive
Baltimore Maryland 1 21218-1696
(410) 554 9277
ptrammell@bism.org
http://www.dors.maryland.gov

Brief Description

The Office for Blindness and Vision Services (OBVS) oversees programs and services for individuals whose primary disability is vision loss.

OBVS includes rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation technologists, case managers and rehabilitation teachers with specialized training in issues of importance to people who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind. They assist people in designing and carrying out plans for employment or independent living.

OBVS also administers the Maryland Business Enterprise Program for the Blind, which prepares individuals to operate successful vending and food service operations in public facilities.

Staff

Tandra Hunter-Payne, Program Manager - ILOB, tandra.hunter-payne@maryland.gov, 410 554 9107

Toni March, Director, Office for Blindness and Vision Services, toni.march@maryland.gov, 410 554 9219

Suzanne Page, Assistant State Superintendent, Suzanne.Page@maryland.gov, 410 554 9385

Services Offered

  • Assessment
    • Assesses clients to determine eligibility for the program.

  • Counseling
    • Offers counseling to determine rehabilitation goals, directed toward a job or independent living needs.

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides readers and training in assistive technologies. Runs a Community Living Skills Training Program. Administers Grant for Older Blind.

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides job skills training, placement, and ongoing support services.

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.