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Posts by Bill Tomlin

Aging in Rural Areas on February 4, 2019

Rural areas present a distinct challenge to providing services to individuals who are visually impaired and blind, and especially to those who are older. I have had the experience of working in an urban area and in a very rural area. The barriers to individuals with visual impairmetns in rural areas seem to far exceed those of individuals living in urban areas.

New eLearning course now available on the OIB-TAC community of practice!! on January 4, 2019

Last year, we released the results of the OIB-TAC Best Practices Task Force. This group of 16 experts agreed upon best practices that relate to the administration of state older blind programs.

Question about Independent Living Services for Individuals under 55 years old on December 17, 2018

Some states provide Independent Living services to individuals who are under 55 years old. If anyone would like to share, We would like find out what types of services that are provided to this demographic and what resource stream does the state use to fund these services?

Question on Funding and the Older Blind Program on November 15, 2018

In my area, Southeastern Washington State, the state has cut back the funding for the independent older blind program which I find disturbing. I have only allowed to work with clients for three visits which is not enough to teach them the new technologies available to them.

Save the Date: AFB Leadership Conference and OIB Program Managers' Meeting on August 15, 2017

We are excited to announce that we are again combining the annual OIB Program Managers' Meeting with the AFB Leadership Conference. The Conference will be in Oakland, CA on April 5-7, 2018. The Program Managers' Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 5th.

Are men under represented in the Older Blind Programs? on April 5, 2017

There has been some discussion about how older blind programs often do not attract males in numbers that reflect the percentage of the older population. Some may be served by Veteran’s Affairs, but there is some concern that programs traditionally may focus more on housekeeping tasks and less on areas of interest to older men.