Programs and Services | Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Programs
    • Service:Jump Start Program | Division Home
      About:The Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) and the Arkansas School for the Blind and visually impaired (ASBVI) hosts the summer Jump Start Program. This program is open to blind and severely visually impaired youth ages 16-19 years. Students are assisted in obtaining a part-time summer job and offered the opportunity to participate in recreational and educational enrichment activities.
      Contact:Call 501-682-0330 or 1-800-960-9270
    • Service:Older Individuals who Are Blind | Division Home
      About:This program provides independent living services to older individuals who are blind, conduct activities that will improve or expand services for these individuals and conduct activities to help improve public understanding of the problems of these individuals. These services assist people in learning how to care for themselves, travel independently, and perform home management skills and other activities to promote self-reliance. Family involvement and support services are strongly encouraged. DSB contracts this service.
      Contact:Call 1-800-960-9270
    • Service:Vending Facility Program | Division Home
      About:The Vending Facility Program (VFP) Services are available to eligible blind persons who are interested in and have the necessary skills to manage snack bars throughout the state. VFP locates the sales site, equips and stocks the facility initially, maintains the equipment, and provides oversight and record keeping.
  • Services
    • Service:Arkansas Information Reading Services | Division Home
      About:The Arkansas Information Reading Services for the Blind (AIRS) broadcasts readings of local and national newspapers and magazines daily over special television or radio channels to provide independent access to current information. Serving the blind and visually impaired from Little Rock ARKANSAS INFORMATION READING SERVICES FOR THE BLIND broadcasts 24 hours per day, seven days per week on the SAP channels of AETN channels 2, 6, 9, 13, and 19. Readings are presented from the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Arkansas Democrat/Gazette, and several State and regional newspapers. The Arkansas Telephone Reader is a computer system that reads the Arkansas Democrat/Gazette and the Arkansas Times by a combination of digitized and human speech. The reader can access individual stories by using a touch-tone telephone, allowing them to read what they want, when they want. To hear a demonstration of the system call 501-683-2005 (Little Rock) or 501-852-5127 (Conway) or 1-800-550-7633 and use the I.D. number 1777 (AIRS).
      Contact:Call Call 501-852-5125 or 1-800-645-8125 | Email
      Website:Arkansas Information Reading Services
    • Service:Independent Living Rehabilitation Service for the Blind | Division Home
      About:This is a coordinated system of services to improve the ability of an individual with a severe disability to function, continue functioning, or move toward functioning independently in the family, community or to continue in employment.
      Contact:Call 1-800-960-9270
    • Service:Referral Request for Blind Services | Division Home
      About:Looking for services for the blind or visually impaired in your area? Send us your contact information and we will direct you to helpful services.
    • Service:Technology Lab | Division Home
      About:This program provides evaluation, training, and assessment of computer skills and systems for blind and visually impaired consumers. Job placement services include counseling, job seeking classes for clients seeking employment through the Vocational Rehabilitation Programs and job coaches for employees.
      Contact:Call 1-800-960-9270
    • Service:Vocational Rehabilitation Services | Division Home
      About:The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services is a comprehensive state program to assess needs, and to plan, develop and provide job-related services to blind or severely visually impaired individuals. Such services are designed to assist you to prepare for employment that is commensurate within your abilities, interests and informed choice and consistent with your strengths, resources, concerns and capabilities. VR services are available to you, if you are blind or have a severe visual impairment and are not currently employed; or if you are seeking to advance in your present career.
    • Service:Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Service | Division Home
      About:These services are a coordinated set of activities for a student designed to promote movement from school to post-school. Transition services and activities are based on the student’s needs, interests and preferences and must include instruction, community experiences, the development of an employment and post-school objectives, and as appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional evaluation. 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 a post-secondary setting for students from age 14 thru high school.
      Contact:Call 1-800-960-9270