Independent Living Program


The goal of the Independent Living - Adult Program is to enable blind and severely visually impaired adults to live more independently in their homes and communities with a maximum degree of self direction.

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An adult must have a visual impairment in both eyes and require services to improve or maintain their independence at their home and community.


Services may include:


A plan for services will be jointly developed based on an assessment of skills.

Rights and Review Process

An applicant or eligible individual has a right to request a review of any decision made by DBS concerning the provision or denial of services. Read about the Rights and Review Process as it applies to the Independent Living Program.

Adult Continuing Education Program

Hadley school logoThe Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired Adult Continuing Education Program (ACE) offers a variety of courses for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Topics range from Braille and academic studies to independent living, life adjustment, technology, business and employment skills and recreation. ACE students who are parents of children who are visually impaired or blind are also eligible for courses in our Family Education Program.

You are eligible to enroll in the ACE Program if you are age 14 or older, you are blind or meet vision eligibility requirements and you can understand courses written in English at the high school level. For more information, visit the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired website here: Hadley Vision Resources - 100 Years of Empowering Adults with Vision Loss.

Useful Websites

These are some useful sites.

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