DARS - Division for Blind Services . Program Information . Who are We?. State rehabilitation agency under the Department of Assistive and rehabilitative Services (DARS). We are 1 of 12 regions throughout the State of Texas.
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State rehabilitation agency under the Department of Assistive and rehabilitative Services (DARS).
We are 1 of 12 regions throughout the State of Texas.
The Harlingen Region is comprised of 3 offices located in Harlingen, McAllen and Laredo (all the way up to Eagle Pass).
DARS - Division for Blind Services (DBS)
work in partnership with all Texans regardless of age who are blind or visually impaired to:
DBS envisions a Texas where people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy the same opportunities as other Texans to pursue independence and employment.
Our mission is to work in partnership with Texans who are blind or visually impaired to reach their goals.
Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery and Development Program (BCVDDP)
Eligibility: adults with a visual impairment that is a substantial impediment to independent living
& Development Program (BCVDD)
Eligibility: Adults who have a visual impairment that is a barrier to employment; who can benefit from vocational rehabilitation services in terms of an employment outcome; and who require vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for, get, or retain gainful employment.
There are a variety of services available, including:
CCRC's mission is to work in partnership with consumers and staff toward the accomplishment of employment and independent living goals. CCRC provides evaluation, training and related services in residential and community settings.
Persons who are blind have the right to actively participate in employment, community and society. We are committed to providing assessment and training services for each individual in a manner that promotes the integration of basic blindness skills into everyday life. We will actively support and encourage consumers as they strive to achieve competence and confidence in reaching their work and independent living goals.
As part of the VR program, the Transition Program assists young people who are blind or visually impaired and at least 10 years old and under the age of 24 to make an effective transition from secondary school to adult life and the world of work.
multiple disabilities to make informed decisions about their future goals.
coordination with academic counselors. Services are tailored to individual
needs, interests, and preferences of the student.
and a participant in the vocational rehabilitation program
legally blind persons to operate food service, cafeteria, snack bar, and
vending facilities located on state, federal, and private properties.
health insurance, retirement and vacation pay
The BEST Program assists uninsured adult Texas residents with payment for urgently needed eye medical treatment.
program serves qualified individuals with:
diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, detached retina, or any other eye disease determined to be an urgent medical necessity by both the applicant's eye doctor and the DBS ophthalmologic consultant or designee.
their driver's licenses or DPS-issued identification cards.
For information on any Division for Blind Services program
or to apply for services, contact any DBS office located throughout Texas.
For a list of offices use this link http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dbs/DBSoffices.asp
or call 1-800-628-5115
or write 4800 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 340
Austin, Texas 78756-3178
or e-mail DBSinfo@dars.state.tx.us
To contact the Deafblind Services Unit directly email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 377-0566.