How do I apply for training?

To apply for training call 850-477-2663. You will receive information on the types of services provided and an application packet.  After you complete and return the application there is an initial interview and a request is made for an official eye report is made. The application and supporting documentation is then submitted to the Florida Divisionof Blind Services District I for final determination of eligibility.

Complete an application (Click Here to Download Application) and mail it with a current eye exam to the address below:

Independence for the Blind of West Florida

3107 North Davis Highway, PensacolaFL  32503


How long does it take for my application to be approved?

From the initial call it could take approximately 30 days.


How much do services cost?

The cost of services is paid through the Division of Blind Services and the Florida Department of Education, so the cost is free to the consumer.


Do I have to pay for equipment and aids?

Receipt of Aids and equipment are determined by financial eligibility and/or sometimes need.


How long does training usually last?

The length of training is determined individually relative to the needs and cognitive abilities of each student.


Where are you located?

At 3107 North Davis Highway, Pensacola, Florida 32533


Where does training take place?

For students residing in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties who are physically able to travel training is conducted at the C.W. Gemmill Learning Center at our location on North Davis Highway.


How do I get a guide dog?

Independence for the Blind provides counseling to help the student decide if the use of a guide dog is appropriate and will provide referrals to Guide Dog training facilities. We provide “Orientation and Mobility “Training which is most often required prior to approval for a Guide Dog.


Can you help pay for my surgery?

No, however financial assistance for eye surgeries is sometimes provided by the Division of Blind Services and other entities.


How can I get involved?

There are many volunteer opportunities at Independence for the Blind, please contact us for additional information or visit the Volunteer page.



For more information, please contact us at 850-477-2663.