Kentucky Office For The Blind

Charles W. McDowell Rehabilitation Center

The Charles W. McDowell Rehabilitation Center    









At the Charles W. McDowell Rehabilitation Center, we are committed to the mission of the agency, to assist individuals who are blind and visually impaired in achieving their educational, vocational and independent living goals. Training opportunities at the center are designed to promote independence.

We offer programs at the center to meet an individual’s training needs. A vocational or independent living counselor will determine an individual’s eligibility to receive services at the center. Once a person is referred to the center training program they participate in activities that will assist them in meeting their goals. There is no direct charge for training, instruction or room and board while at the center. The training components offered are:

  • Braille Instruction
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Assistive Technology
  • Adult Education
  • Career Development
  • Life Skills
  • Personal Development

We focus on training that assists an individual in obtaining the skills they need to be independent in all areas of their life. The length of the rehabilitation program at the center depends on the needs of each individual. At the center there are qualified rehabilitation staff that provide support and instruction in a professional environment.

We are committed to providing services at the center that empower individuals who are blind and visually impaired to fully participate in their employment, community and society.



Effective March 1, 2015, the use of tobacco, any tobacco product, and any electronic cigarette or vaping device shall be prohibited in the building or on the grounds of the McDowell Center.


Did You Know?

The McDowell Center opened in 1994 and is named after a man whose accomplishments speak for themselves. Charles W. McDowell (1937-1992) earned a reputation as an outstanding teacher and educator.


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 Contact Information

8412 Westport Road
Louisville, KY 40242

Telephone:  502-429-4460
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