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Maryland Division ofRehabilitation Services (DORS)

Office for Blindness & Vision Services


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The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

  • The Division of Rehabilitation Services helps individuals with disabilities go to work and remain independent in their homes and communities.

  • Most people call us “DORS”

  • DORS is a part of the Maryland State Department of Education.


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Office for Blindness & Vision Services

  • To meet the unique needs of people who have vision loss, DORS established the Office for Blindness & Vision Services (OBVS).

  • OBVS staff are in DORS offices throughout Maryland. OBVS also has staff and programs at the Workforce & Technology Center, a DORS facility in northeast Baltimore.


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OBVS Staff

  • OBVS includes rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation technologists, case managers and rehabilitation teachers with specialized training in issues of importance to people who are blind, vision impaired or deaf/blind.

  • They assist people in designing and carrying out plans for employment or independent living.


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DORS/OBVS Services

DORS and OBVS provide a wide range of

personalized services to help people reach their

employment or independent living goals. These

include:

  • Career guidance and assessment

  • Assistive technology assessments and services

  • Post-secondary education and training

  • Vocational training

  • Orientation and mobility

  • Job placement and follow-up


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OBVS

  • The Independent Living Older Blind (ILOB) program provides independent living services to individuals over the age of 55.

  • In the ILOB program, rehabilitation teachers provide in-home personalized services that may include Braille instruction, mobility training and training to perform tasks such as household care, bill paying and personal care.


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Maryland Business Enterprise Program for the Blind(MBEPB)

  • OBVS also administers the Maryland Business Enterprise Program for the Blind (MBEPB), which prepares individuals to operate successful retail concession and food service operations in public facilities.


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Who does DORS/OBVS serve?

  • DORS serves people with a wide variety of physical, emotional, cognitive, sensory and learning disabilities.

  • The Office for Blindness & Vision Services serves those whose primary disability is blindness or vision loss. 

  • This includes high school students who may be in special education programs with IEPs, those who have a 504 plan, receive special accommodations in school or have significant health issues.


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Who does DORS/OBVS serve?

  • Individuals whose primary disability is blindness or vision loss will be assigned to an OBVS counselor, case manager or rehabilitation teacher.


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Payment for services

  • There is no payment required for such services as career guidance and counseling, assessments or job placement.

  • There is a sliding scale based on family income for most other services.

  • Individuals who receive Social Security disability benefits are not required to contribute to the costs of services.


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DORS works for people with blindness or vision loss

  • Last year, over 150 people who are blind or had a vision loss went to work after taking part in DORS services.

  • Their average hourly wage was $15.37.

  • OBVS also helped over 1200 people in the Independent Living Older Blind program.


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MBEPB

  • Sixty-two (62) licensed managers in the Maryland Business Enterprise Program for the Blind (MBEPB) operate 80 vending facilities. Their average annual salary is $47,000.


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To learn more contact DORS/OBVS

Office for Blindness and Vision Services

2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218

Phone: 410-554-9277 Toll-free: 866-614-4780

Email: [email protected]

OBVS Regional Offices

Annapolis 410-974-7604

  • Serving Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Kent, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worchester Counties

    Baltimore 410-261-2944

  • Serving Baltimore City and Baltimore, Howard and Harford Counties

    Cumberland 301-777-2119

  • Serving Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery and Washington Counties


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Visit us online: www.dors.state.md.us


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www.dors.state.md.us

Nancy S. GrasmickState Superintendent of Schools

Robert A. BurnsAssistant State Superintendent in Rehabilitation Services

January 2009


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