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Posts by Bill Tomlin

Community Outreach

Community outreach is a subject that is actually one of the four primary areas RSA asked the OIB TAC to address in technical assistance and training. Many states list community outreach as a major challenge and an area that they feel they need help with on the annual 7ob form.

Aging in Rural Areas

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.

AER International Conference

I would like to thank everyone that attended the OIB-TAC Presentations and our Booth at the AER Conference in Reno, NV last week. If you attended, the OIB-TAC would love to know what your favoriate parts of the conference were.

Are men under represented in the Older Blind Programs?

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.