​Who is Eligible for Services at the McDowell Center for the Blind?

In order to be eligible for admission to the McDowell Center, a consumer must:

  • ​Be referred by a VR and/or IL Counselor who has provided all necessary medical documentation and application for the McDowell Center.
  • Be medically stable and able to administer all medication, as the McDowell Center is not a medical facility.
  • Be independent with all levels of self-care including feeding, bathing, toileting, hygiene, and dressing.
  • Be able to attend and participate in all scheduled classes.

How Can I Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation Services?

You can call 1 (800) 372-7172 to find Vocational Rehabilitation offices and counselors nearest you or contact the KY Office of Vocational Rehabilitation​​.

How Does the Admissions Process Work?

All referrals are sent to the Center's Consumer Services Coordinator.  The OVR Counselor provides the McDowell Center with current information that will help the McDowell Center understand the needs of the person referred.  The Admissions Committee reviews the information provided by the Counselor and makes a decision as to whether the consumer will benefit from services.  

If the individual has received services from the McDowell Center in the past, that person may reapply. The admissions process for persons reapplying is the same as that for new consumers.
The McDowell Center admits new consumers every Monday unless other arrangements are made based on individual needs. The Consumer Services Coordinator will contact persons scheduled for services via phone as well as send more detailed information in the mail.
There are typically waiting lists for program enrollment.  Persons on waiting lists will be scheduled for enrollment according to the class availability.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Center​


Consumer Services Coordinator:

Hope LaVertu


​​​​​ Charles W. McDowell Center

8412 Westport Road
Louisville, KY 40242
502-429-4460 - Phone
502-429-7101 - Fax
1-800-346-2115 - Toll Free (Only in KY)
1-866-761-0818 - Deaf Services (Video Phone)