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Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services: Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services: Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind
1281 Highway 51 North
Madison, MS 39110
(601) 853-5245 (Local)
(601) 853-5205 (Fax)
(800) 443-1000 (Toll-Free)
rsorey@mdrs.ms.gov
http://www.mdrs.state.ms.us

Brief Description

The mission of MDRS OVRB is to meet the personal and vocational needs specific to those who have a severe loss of sight through a variety of special programs.

The Independent Living Services Program provides services to assist legally blind individuals adjust to their blindness by becoming more able to care for their specific needs. The eligibility criterion for the Older Blind Program is age 55+ and legal blindness. The Part B eligibility requirements are legal blindness, significant secondary disability, and any age. For both programs, gainful employment may not be feasible but independent living goals are feasible.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: c. 2,200
Number of staff: c. 93
Staff description: Rehabilitation counselors and teachers, independent living instructors, two rehabilitation facilities' staff, mid-level managers, office director
Geographic area served: Mississippi.
Publications: Annual Report, State Rehabilitation Council Annual Report

Staff

Richard Sorey, Director, (601) 853-5245, rsorey@mdrs.ms.gov
Lynda Hall, Project Director, Independent Living Services

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Offers itinerant teacher program and provides training and instruction in homes and communities.
  • Counseling
    • Offers counseling by specialized counselors for people who are blind or visually impaired within each of the nine Vocational Rehabilitation Districts.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides statewide program for independent living services, itinerant teaching program, assistive technology evaluation, mobility training, personal management. Provides independent living services for persons age 55 and older.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers job training and placement.
  • In-Home Services
    • Provides home instruction for the elderly.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Provide services to assist legally blind consumers who are over 55, adjust to their blindness by becoming more able to care for their specific needs. Offers various services for seniors.

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