Veteran Resources: Visual Impairment

Atlanta VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center         

 

Atlanta VA Medical Center

 

Format             Rehabilitation Research and Development Center   

 

The Atlanta VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center strives to improve the functioning and quality of life of aging Veterans with vision loss and their caregivers.  This is accomplished by: 1) research directed toward a multidisciplinary understanding of factors causing and interacting with vision loss and then applying this understanding to develop creative interdisciplinary rehabilitative interventions;

2) incorporating these rehabilitative interventions into comprehensive rehabilitation that accounts for multifactorial disabilities associated with aging and common comorbidities to improve everyday function and quality of life for the whole person; and 3) evaluating the utilization, cost-effectiveness, and satisfaction associated with these interventions.

 

Contact URL  http://www.varrd.emory.edu/index.cfm

                         

Contact Agency                  

Atlanta VA Medical Center

Clairmont Road

Decatur, GA 30033

(404) 321-6111 or (800) 944-9726

Fax: (404) 728-7733

 

 

Blind Rehabilitation Service          

 

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs

 

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The goal of the Blind Rehabilitation Service is to coordinate a healthcare service delivery system that provides a continuum of care for blinded veterans extending from their home environment to the local VA facility and to the appropriate rehabilitation setting. These services include adjustment to blindness counseling, patient and family education, benefits analysis, comprehensive residential inpatient training, outpatient rehabilitation services, the provision of assistive technology, and research.

 

Contact URL  http://www1.va.gov/blindrehab/

                         

Contact Agency      

VA Benefits: 1-800-827-1000

Life Insurance: 1-800-669-8477

Education (GI Bill): 1-888-442-4551

Health Care Benefits: 1-877-222-8387

Income Verification and Means Testing: 1-800-929-8387

Mammography Helpline: 1-888-492-7844

Gulf War/Agent Orange Helpline: 1-800-749-8387

Status of Headstones and Markers: 1-800-697-6947

Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD): 1-800-829-4833

 

 

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)     

 

Format             Membership organization     

 

The BVA promotes the welfare of blinded veterans and helps veterans and their families meet the challenges of blindness.  BVA provides services through Field Representatives, blinded veteran volunteers, and a scholarship program.  Field representatives are blinded veterans who travel throughout the U.S finding and counseling blinded veterans and their families. BVA Field Reps act as positive role models and link veterans with services, rehabilitation training and other benefits. When blinded veterans are ready to return to the work force, BVA Field Reps can help them find jobs.

 

Blinded veteran volunteers work out of offices in VA medical centers and outpatient clinics and help fellow blinded veterans and family members get the assistance they need to cope with blindness.  Volunteers talk with blinded veterans either individually or in groups, provide information on programs and services, and encourage blinded veterans to enter blind rehabilitation programs. They demonstrate equipment and aids used by the blind, are active in their communities, and are good sources of information about local programs and services.

BVA has also offered spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans an opportunity to continue their education through the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program.

 

Contact URL  http://www.bva.org/

Contact Agency      

Blinded Veterans Association

477 H Street

Northwest Washington, DC 20001-2694
bva@bva.org

202-371-8880Fax: 202-371-8258