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Future Reflections is a magazine for parents and teachers of blind children. It is published quarterly by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Future Reflections is available free of charge to subscriber addresses in the U.S. in regular print, on USB thumb drive, via email, or online on the NFB website.

Independence Place: Our resource center for independent living in central Kentucky is nestled among the horse farms, expanding residential neighborhoods and developing industrial areas in Lexington. Independence Place is a federally funded, non profit, consumer directed resource Center for Independent Living. The nonresidential Center is responsible for providing information and referral, peer support, independent living skills training and education, and advocating on behalf of consumers with disabilities on both the individual and system levels. The center also provides intervention for people with disabilities to assist them in moving out of institutions or to assist them to stay in their homes. The organizations objective is to assist people with disabilities to achieve their full potential for community inclusion through improving access, choice and equal opportunity.

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation is a state government rehabilitation agency that offers assistance to persons who are blind or visually impaired. We also provide various services for employers interested in hiring or accommodating workers who have a vision loss.


If you are a disabled person seeking employment, try these resources:

Job openings for the entire state of KY government.

ENTRY POINT! is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business. To meet the challenge of the competitive global economy in the new millennium, private industry and government research agencies must expand the pool of technical talent. AAAS has developed unique partnerships with IBM, NASA, Merck, Google, Lockheed Martin, CVS, NAVAIR, Pfizer, Infosys, Shell, Procter & Gamble and university science laboratories to meet their human resources needs.


Operation Freedom Bell

Changing what it means to be blind

Operation Freedom Bell provides rehabilitation services in an NFB training center. The rehabilitation training is a 6-9 month residential program. Blind or visually impaired wounded warriors participate in intensive one-on-one and group training to learn blindness skills needed for independence.


The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Coordinators are case managers who have responsibility for the coordination of services for severely disabled visually impaired Veterans and active duty Servicemembers. VIST coordinator duties include providing and/or arranging the provision of appropriate treatment in order to enhance functioning such as making referrals to Blind Rehabilitation Centers, Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Services, VICTORS, VISOR, and low vision clinics. Other VIST coordinator duties include identifying newly identified individuals who have severely disabling visual impairment, providing counseling, problem resolution, arranging a review of benefits and needed services, and conducting educational and outreach programs relating to VIST and blindness. The VIST Coordinators for Kentucky are:

Brenda Hibberd
Louisville VA Medical Center
800 Zorn Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 287-4000 ext. 55049

Gregory Manuel
Lexington VA Medical Center
1101 Veterans Drive
Lexington, KY 40502-2236
(859) 281-3916

OTHER Links For Blind or VI Veterans

National Association of Guide Dog Users

Being a Division of the National Federation of the Blind, NAGDU provides a forum for guide dog users and seeks to promote a positive philosophy of blindness and the use of such dogs by blind individuals. By doing this NAGDU works to fulfill the over-all goal of the National Federation of the Blind to integrate the blind into society on a basis of equality with the sighted. Visit the NAGDU information webpage to access the listserv and contact information.

"The National Federation of the Blind does not speak for the blind, it is the blind speaking for themselves."