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Montgomery County Transportation Funding Guidelines/Procedures

Effective July 1, 2011

Please find listed below Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind's transportation guidelines for Montgomery County residents who are blind or visually impaired.  This program is funded by a grant from the Montgomery county government.

The purpose of the funding is to provide transportation for Social/Recreational Activities.  Social Activities can include but are not limited to bowling, dinner with friends/family, social group meetings and events.

To be eligible:

  • Must show proof of Montgomery County residency (Library card, other ID, utility bill or lease)
  • Must be blind/visually impaired or deaf-blind and provide proof by meeting at least one of the requirements listed below:
    • DORS client (Department of Rehabilitative Services)
    • Previously received services from CLB
    • A letter from your ophthalmologist/optometrist verifying your condition
    • A member of NLS talking book program
    • Your Metro Access eligibility card
    • A member of Washington Ear


To arrange for transportation, start by calling or e-mailing Olivia Norman, CLB's Information and Referral Specialist at 240-454-6400 or onorman@clb.org.  CLB's IRS (Information and Referral Specialist) will then:

  • IRS will submit your request for review and authorization within 72 hours.
  • IRS will notify the client of approval or denial.  If approved, you will be informed of the guidelines and the transportation company that will be providing your transportation.
  • IRS initiates transportation request with CLB approved transportation company.
  • Depending on demand and the amount of funding available, each individual will be allowed a limited number of transportation trips per month.  (As of August 2017, this limit is 2.)
  • If additional funding is available in a particular period, consideration will be given to additional requests.


Jocelyn Hunter
Senior Director of Communications
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 1103
Washington, DC 20006
Direct Dial: 202-454-6422

Updated August 2017