Survey responses overwhelmingly indicate that the Office of the Blind and Visually Impaired's (OBVI) services help individuals to maintain and increase their independence, mobility, and quality of life. Generally, respondents were not only positive but also enthusiastic about their experiences, as a sampling of their written comments at the end of the survey demonstrates:
It's like day and night. I was lost on how I was to live before I received your help. You helped me more than my doctor.
This program has introduced me to a new and vital group of individuals. I have learned new techniques and values in everyday life and to be patient with myself. I am now more open to ideas for everyday living and to have a sense of humor.
It gives me ways of coping with everyday things so I can stay in my home longer.
OBVI services have made me more confident in my ability to live alone. I am sure I can manage with help by myself in my house . (Name of staff person) has been very helpful in giving me courage to live alone. I've lived here 50 years, the last 25 alone since my husband died. Becoming blind was a real blow to me.
I learned about this (program) from a news report on TV. I never realized all the aids available for people with low-vision or blind. I never knew the state had such a program. It is like a security blanket.
Made me aware of all the available equipment to enhance my vision. I was almost convinced that I'd end up not having anything. Now I am looking forward to completing my education and getting a new career as a medical transcriptionist.