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  Arkansas Department of Human Services
Division of Services for the Blind
Contact Info
616 Garrison Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479) 782-4555
Ext. 3224

Purpose/Eligibility: DSB offers a variety of services with distinct eligibility requirements based chiefly upon the severity of visual impairment and its affect upon the consumer's employment opportunities and ability to function independently. Basically, if (1) the consumer cannot read standard print regardless of corrective lenses, (2) their visual acuity is less than 20/200 in the BETTER EYE, or (3) their useful vision is rapidly deteriorating, they may be eligible for one or more of the following DSB Services:

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services is a comprehensive state program to assess needs, and plan, develop and provide job-related services to blind or severely visually impaired individuals. Such services are designed to assist the consumer to prepare for employment that is commensurate within their abilities, interests and informed choice and consistent with their strengths, resources, concerns and capabilities. VR services are available to the consumer, if they are blind or have a severe visual impairment and are not currently employed; or if they are seeking to advance in their present career.

VR Transition Services are designed to ensure there is not a gap between services provided students by the educational system and those provided by rehabilitation. Transition activities promote movement from school to post-secondary setting for students from age 14 through high school.

Arkansas Radio Reading Services for the Blind broadcasts readings of local and national newspapers and magazines daily over special television or radio channels to provide independent access to current information for print-handicapped individuals. For information, call Radio Reading Services for the Blind Network at (501) 663-4540.


Rehabilitation Teaching Services (RT) is a coordinated system of instruction in the development of adaptive skills and supportive resources to enable individuals who are blind or have an uncorrectable severe visual impairment to live as independently as possible in their homes and communities. Individuals learn how to care for themselves, travel independently, perform home management skills, and keep records and other activities to promote self-reliance. Involvement of family and friends is strongly encouraged.

Vending Facility Program (VFP) Services are available to eligible blind persons who are interested in and have necessary skills to manage snake bars throughout the state.
It is the largest single employment opportunity exclusively for blind persons in Arkansas. VFP locates the sales site, equips and stocks the facility initially, maintains the equipment, and provides oversight and record keeping.

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