Dorothy Young, Director
MDRS offers programs and services administered through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind (VRB) that specializes in working with blind and low vision impaired individuals to optimize their opportunities for inclusion into the workforce, community, and home. OVRB has rehabilitation counselors who specialize in providing services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Counselors provide/coordinate services leading to employment which include assessment, personal adjustment and vocational training, counseling, physical restoration, low vision aids, and job placement and follow-up.
Services provided for blind or visually impaired individuals include but are not limited to:
- Orientation and mobility
- Meal planning and preparation
- Computer instruction
- Recreation and physical conditioning
- Independent living services for persons who are blind
- Deaf-blind services
- Vocational rehabilitation counseling
Addie McBryde Rehabilitation Center for the Blind offers traditional instruction that helps a student manage with the sight they have, including use of magnifiers, ranging from hand-held devices to computer image magnification software and closed-circuit television systems for printed image enlargement.
The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) provides support for self-employment opportunities in the food service industry for Mississippians who are legally blind.
The Independent Living Services for the Blind Program provide services that enable blind or visually impaired individuals to meet their independent living goals.
Mississippi Partners for Informed Choice (M-PIC) This program provides Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) services funded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999.
The purpose of M-PIC/WIPA is to enable all SSA beneficiaries with disabilities to make informed choices about work.
For more information go to office locator or call 1-800-443-1000. To request services, click here.