FAQ

Call (612) 871-2222, email info@vlrw.org, or fill out a contact form to set up an intake appointment over the phone that takes about 10 minutes. Then we will schedule a vision assessment, in your home or in a community location—whatever works best for you.
  • Our independent living skills training and activities are available to adults with vision loss living in the greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. Counties: Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Anoka, Washington, Carver, Scott, Chisago, and Wright. (Do you live outside of this area? Contact State Services for the Blind.)
  • Our vision rehabilitation training center is available to working-age adults with vision loss living throughout Minnesota. If you live in greater Minnesota, you may choose to stay in our furnished apartments near our rehabilitation center in Minneapolis.
  • DeafBlind Services Minnesota provides services throughout Minnesota to infants, children, youth, and adults with combined vision and hearing loss.

No, we do not require or accept health insurance. Vision Loss Resources is a nonprofit that operates outside of the medical model, and our services are not covered by insurance. We do not require a doctor’s referral, either. Simply contact us.

We provide an initial in-home assessment at no charge to adults with vision loss. This is a great way to learn about our services in the comfort of your home (or in a community location, if you prefer), and receive personalized recommendations and referrals to help maintain your independence.

Some trainings and classes are provided on a sliding-fee scale, based on your ability to pay. For example, our in-home one-on-one skills training is available at an hourly rate.

Working-age adults can attend our Adjustment to Blindness Training program, and it may be covered by Minnesota State Services for the Blind.

Social and emotional support, including support groups, volunteer services, and some social activities, are provided at no cost. Other recreational and social events may have a small participation fee to help subsidize their cost.

DeafBlind Services Minnesota provides services at no cost, thanks to grants through the Department of Human Services.

We are deeply grateful for donations that support our services and ensure that we can continue to support people with vision loss. Visit our Giving page to learn more about how you can help.

No, there is no specific diagnosis required. If your vision loss is uncorrectable and interferes with your everyday life, Vision Loss Resources can help you adapt and adjust. Our services are not intended to substitute for an eye doctor’s diagnosis or treatment. Wherever you are on the spectrum of vision loss, we are here to help: whether you have recently been diagnosed with an eye disease, or you have been living with vision loss or blindness for many years, Vision Loss Resources is here for you.

No, there is no referral required. Simply call us at (612) 871-2222 or email info@vlrw.org.