The Central Blind Rehabilitation Center (CBRC) is a 34-bed residential facility at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. We receive applicants from over 50 VA hospitals in 14 Midwest states. The CBRC is one of thirteen VA Blind Centers located across the US and in Puerto Rico.
Hines VA Hospital is located just west of Chicago. Our 147-acre campus provides a safe, supportive environment. Here Veterans can develop the skills and attitudes needed for dealing with vision loss. Staff include medical staff, teachers (blind rehabilitation specialists), support staff and management.
The goal of the CBRC is to help each veteran become as independent as possible in all aspects of daily life, and to assist them in their adjustment to blindness.
Any eligible veteran or active duty service member who is legally blind or has a severe functional vision loss may receive training at the CBRC.
The typical day at the CBRC starts with class sessions beginning at 8:00 AM. Most veterans participate in 6 classes each day. Classes end at 3:45 PM. Each person’s length of stay at the Center is determined by individual goals, needs and progress. Each veteran is assigned a Team Coordinator.
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In addition, shopping trips are scheduled for every Saturday
Cualquier veterano elegible o miembro del servicio militar quien es legalmente ciego o tiene una pérdida grave de visión funcional puede recibir entrenamiento en El Centro de Rehabilitación de Invidentes Central (CBRC). El objetivo de la CBRC es ayudar a cada veterano a ser lo más independiente como sea posible en todos los aspectos de la vida diaria y para asistirlos en su adaptación a la ceguera. Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con Ernest Staines: (708) 202-2273, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best way for a veteran who is visually impaired to get help is to contact a VIST coordinator. VIST stands for "Visual Impairment Services Team." A VIST coordinator will help a visually impaired veteran obtain all of the services he or she may need. They will help educate the veteran and provide any needed applications for services. Contact us at (708) 202-2272 to find out where the closest VIST coordinator is in your area.
For a list of VIST coordinators by state, as well as information about other programs for veterans with impaired vision, visit the VA Blind Rehabilitation National Website. The Blinded Veterans' Association (BVA)* is another excellent source of information and assistance. They can also direct you to a VIST coordinator. The BVA's phone number is (800) 669-7079.