Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind


If you are 55 or older and have a vision problem that makes everyday tasks difficult, Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind may be able to help you gain the confidence you need to live independently. Successful independent living training can help you:

  • Accomplish everyday tasks
  • Participate in your favorite activities
  • Communicate with family and friends
  • Gain a better understanding about your vision impairment
  • Get back confidence you may have lost

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The Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Program provides services to consumers 55 and older:

  • Who have significant visual impairment
  • Whose ability to function independently in the home, family, or community is substantially limited due to visual impairment
  • For whom the delivery of independent living services will substantially improve their ability to function, continue functioning, or move toward functioning independently in the home, family, or community

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Depending on the individual need, the following services may be provided by TWC to eligible consumers:

  • Independent living skills training, provided in a consumer’s home or in the community
  • Orientation and mobility training
  • Low vision evaluations and low vision devices, including video magnification, hand-held magnifiers, and other identified devices
  • Diabetes education
  • Deafblind evaluations and equipment
  • Counseling on adjustment to blindness
  • Other services as necessary, such as ancillary services provided to support skills training

For more information about eligibility and services provided by TWC’s Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Program, please use the following table to identify the staff contact in your area.

Coverage Areas

Contact Name

Address/Phone Number

Counties Served

Wichita Falls,
San Angelo

Vicky Schumate

500 Chestnut St., Suite 1000
Abilene, TX 79602

Archer, Baylor, Brown, Callahan, Clay, Coke, Coleman, Comanche, Concho, Cottle, Crockett, Eastland, Fisher, Foard, Hardeman, Haskell, Irion, Jack, Jones, Kimble, Knox, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Mitchell, Montague, Nolan, Reagan, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Sutton, Taylor, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Wichita, Wilbarger, Young

Northern Odessa

Teresa Berger

2002 W. Loop 289, Suite 117
Lubbock, TX 79407

Armstrong, Bailey, Borden, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Collingsworth, Crosby, Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hockley, Howard, Hutchinson, Kent, King, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Lynn, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Terry, Wheeler, Yoakum


David Miars

6400 E. Hwy 290, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78723

Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Llano, Travis, Williamson


Peggy Joseph

510 Park Street, Suite 100
Beaumont, TX 77701
409- 600-2664

Angelina, Hardin, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler



6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75206

Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman


Roxana Mendez-Rangel

6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75206

Collin, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Rockwall

El Paso,

Jesus Donacio

8825 N. Loop, Suite 123
El Paso, TX 79907

Andrews, Brewster, Crane, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Glasscock, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Sterling, Terrell, Upton, Ward, Winkler

Fort Worth

Brooke Lewis

2400 Circle Dr., Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX 76119

Cooke, Denton, Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant, Wise


Carlos Vasquez

427 W. 20th St.
Houston, TX 77008

Austin, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, Waller


William Driggers

10060 Fuqua
Houston, TX 77089

Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Liberty


Macarena Pena

801 Nolana, Suite 115
McAllen, TX 78504

Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Cameron, Dimmitt, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, La Salle, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Nueces, San Patricio, Starr, Webb, Willacy, Zapata, Zavala

San Antonio

Rosalind Livings

4241 Woodcock Dr., Suite A-105
San Antonio, TX 78228

Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Calhoun, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Edwards, Fayette, Frio, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Jackson, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Lavaca, Matagorda, Medina, Real, Refugio, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Wharton, Wilson


Kammy Locascio

3800 Paluxy Dr., Suite 325
Tyler, TX 75703

Anderson, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood


Zebedee Johnson

1416 S. New Road
Waco, TX 76711

Bell, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Grimes, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, McLennan, Milam, Mills, Navarro, Robertson, Walker, Washington


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Other Independent Living Services

The Health and Human Services Commission provides a broad array of independent living services to people of all ages and with all disabilities through the network of Centers for Independent Living.  TWC is working closely with these Centers to ensure a smooth referral process and non-duplication of services.  For more information, contact the Health and Human Services Commission’s Independent Living Services.

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