Kentucky Office for the Blind

visually impaired female using the computerThe mission of the Kentucky Office for the Blind is to provide opportunities for employment and independence to individuals with visual disabilities. We serve Kentuckians who are visually impaired or blind and assist individuals in obtaining and maintaining employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence with complete integration into society. Our goal is to provide a myriad of resources and high quality services that are geared to enhance the lives of Kentuckians with visual disabilities.

We offer a wide variety of services designed to give those with visual disabilities the tools they need to become more independent and productive in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Services are consistent with an individual's strengths, abilities and interests. We also partner with business and industry, assisting employers in hiring and retaining highly qualified employees.

The Kentucky Office for the Blind provides statewide services to all 120 counties. Our administrative operations are located in our central office in Frankfort. There are 10 field offices located throughout Kentucky in Ashland, Bowling Green, Covington, Elizabethtown, Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro, Paducah, Prestonsburg and Somerset.

Office for the Blind, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to hold public hearings across Kentucky in May and June

The Kentucky Office for the Blind (OFB) and Office for Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) have scheduled 10 public hearings in May and June to give consumers and other interested individuals an opportunity to comment on proposed changes including consolidation of the agencies, combined state plan revisions and Order of Selection of consumers for services.  

The public hearing schedule follows.

  • Elizabethtown: 4–6 p.m. (EDT), May 21, Kentucky Career Center, 233 Ring Road, Suite 100. Contact: Rhonda Bush, 1-800-760-6891.
  • Thelma: 2–4 p.m. (EDT), May 24, Carl D. Perkins Training Center, 5659 Main St. Contact: Barb Pugh, 1-800-443-2187.
  • Owensboro: 4–6 p.m. (CDT), May 29, Kentucky Career Center, 3108 Fairview Drive. Contact: Vickie Madlem-Bandy, 1-800-334-6929.
  • Paducah: 4–6 p.m. (CDT), May 30, Kentucky Career Center, 416 S. Sixth St. Contact: Jean Sutton, 1-800-334-6945.
  • Bowling Green: 4–6 p.m. (CDT), May 31, Kentucky Career Center, 955 Fairview Ave., Suite 100. Contact: Theresa Murphy, 1-800-222-1215.
  • Louisville: 10 a.m.–noon and 5–7 p.m. (EDT), June 5, Charles McDowell Center, 8412 Westport Road. Contact: Pam Minton, 1-800-346-2115.
  • Lexington: 10 a.m.–noon and 5-7 p.m. (EDT), June 6, Bluegrass Council of the Blind, 1093 S. Broadway, Suite 1214. Contact: Theresa Thomas, 1-859-259-1834.
  • Covington: 4:30–6:30 p.m. (EDT), June 7, Kentucky Career Center, 1324 Madison Ave. Contact: Cindi Bowles, 1-800-334-6895.
  • Hazard: 4–6 p.m. (EDT), June 13, Kentucky Career Center, 412 Roy Campbell Drive. Contact: Lisa Meade, 1-606-436-5751 ext. 7028.
  • Ashland: 4–6 p.m. (EDT), June 14, Kentucky Career Center, 411 19th St. Contact: Kennetta Freholm, 1-800-334-6881.

Kentuckians who are unable to attend a forum may send comments in any format (written, phone call, in person, etc.) through June 15, 2018. Comments may be sent in writing to the Kentucky Office for the Blind, 275 E. Main St., Mail Drop 2-EJ, Frankfort, KY, 40621, via e-mail to cora.mcnabb@ky.gov or becky.cabe@ky.gov, fax at 502-564-2951 or call 1-800-321-6668. If any reasonable accommodations for a disability are required for participation at a public hearing, please call 1-502-564-4754 by May 18, 2018. 

The draft policy for Order of Selection is posted HERE​ for review prior to the hearings. Alternative formats of draft policy may be provided upon request at 1-800-321-6668.​


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