Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services: Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired

General Information

Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services: Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1 West Wilson Street, Rm 558
Madison Wisconsin 1 53707-7851
(608) 266 7498
dhsobvi@dhs.wisconsin.gov
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/blind/index.htm

Brief Description

The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired, is the government agency designated to provide assessment, training, and information to adults with vision loss, their families, and interested professionals. These services exist to enhance independent living skills and quality of life for persons with vision loss. The organization currently receives ILOB funds from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Staff

Susan Dachelet, Field Supervisor, Susan.Dachelet@wisconsin.gov, 920 448 5086

Tom Mullet, Section Chiel, amber.mullet@dhs.wisconsin.gov

Ann Sievert, Director, ann.sievert@dhs.wisconsin.gov

Services Offered

  • Counseling
    • Offers individual counseling and provides referrals.

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in independent living and personal management skills. Instructors travel within their assigned region to individual's home to provide services. Administers the Independent Living for Older Blind federal grant, which allows the Office to hire paraprofessionals on a limited basis to provide rehabilitation services to individuals experiencing vision loss who are 55 and older and to facilitate support groups.

  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/fieldwork placement programs.

  • Services for Seniors
    • The Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides a full range of independent living services to its consumers.

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