Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The DARS Division for Blind Services (DBS) assists blind or visually impaired individuals and their families. Depending upon their goals and needs, DBS offers services to help regain independence or find a job.
DBS staff work in partnership with Texans who are blind or visually impaired to get high quality jobs, live independently, or help a child receive the training needed to be successful in school and beyond. DBS envisions a Texas where people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy the same opportunities as other Texans to pursue independence and employment, and our mission is to work in partnership with Texans who are blind or visually impaired to reach their goals.
About Our Programs
Our Vocational Rehabilitation Program is designed for adults whose visual condition limits their ability to begin or continue work. As part of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, the Division for Blind Services has services for individuals who are deafblind.
As part of our commitment to helping individuals find work, our Business Enterprises of Texas program provides employment opportunities.
The Independent Living Rehabilitation Program assists adults who are blind or visually impaired to learn adaptive skills to continue to live independently with vision loss.
The Blind Children's Vocational Discovery and Development Program assists children who are blind and visually impaired to develop their individual potential. Emphasis is on restoring vision, reducing dependency, and preparing for vocational success.
The Transition Program, which is part of our Vocational Rehabilitation services, provides educational and career guidance for adolescents and young adults.
The Blindness Education, Screening and Treatment Program wants to help Texans keep their vision healthy.
Our Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC), located in Austin, is a residential program that offers intensive vocational and independent living training to Texans who are blind.
Where can I apply for services or get more information?
For information on any Division for Blind Services program or to apply for services, contact any DBS office located throughout Texas. To find the nearest office, check the DBS Offices in Your Area feature on this web site or call the DARS Inquiries Line at 1-800-628-5115.
Offices can also be located by checking the government "blue pages" in your local phone book.