Educate, engage and empower people who are 55+ with low vision to maintain/regain their independence by utilizing the free or low-cost services provided by their respective states.
Services are available to individuals who are 55 and older. Requirements vary by state and might include a medical eye report verifying conditions and the status of employment. We encourage all to seek out services.
Services are available to individuals who are 55 and older. It is important to us that we provide connections to services for friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to live more independently.
Individuals with vision loss, including those who are totally blind, can learn adaptive skills and the use of technology to live safely and independently.
Almost 1 in 10 individuals age 75 or older reports difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses.
It is estimated that less than 5% of individuals with vision loss, who are eligible for services seek them each year.
Time To Be Bold is a national public awareness campaign affiliated with The Independent Living Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) is a part of the National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University.
Thank you for visiting TimeToBeBold.org. This campaign is designed to increase awareness about the availability of free and low-cost services to those 55 and older who are experiencing vision impairment that impacts daily life and independence. Over 3 million Americans have difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses. The most common causes of visual impairment are Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Glaucoma. Vision loss can be frightening and frustrating. Many do not know the adaptations that can be made or about the technology that can help. People with low vision and severe vision loss are living independently, and you can too.
It can be challenging to find local resources, as the programs are called different names and are located in different agencies across the U.S. This site will provide you some basic information about the types of services and training you may be eligible for. Free and low-cost services are available through the Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration Independent Living Services Older Individuals who are Blind program. Resources are limited and may vary. Visit the link below to find the agency in your area.
This resource was developed by the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University’s OIB-TAC project to provide training and technical assistance to designated state agencies and others servicing older individuals who are blind or visually impaired. This is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the U.S. Department of Education, grant #H177Z150003.