Richard E. Hoover Rehabilitation Services for Low Vision and Blindness - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Richard E. Hoover Rehabilitation Services for Low Vision and Blindness
Greater Baltimore Medical Center
6569 North Charles Street
Physicians Pavilion West Suite 504
Baltimore, MD 21204
(443) 849-2658 (Local)
(443) 849-2631 (Fax)
(800) 597-9142 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Dr. Janet Sunness specializes in low vision rehabilitation, retinal disease, clinical electrophysiology and visual function testing. Michelle Bianci, OTR/L, CLVT is a occupational therapist specializing in low vision needs.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Thurs. 9:00 AM-4:30 PM. Friday 9:00 AM-Noon for the View (low vision store)
Clients served on average per year: 500
Number of staff: 4+
Staff description: Ophthalmologist, ophthalmology residents, certified low vision therapist, rehabilitation teachers, O&M specialists.
Geographic area served: Baltimore


6569 N. Charles St.
PPW 504
Baltimore, MD 21204


Carol Applegate, COT, Research Coordinator, (443) 849-2784,
Michelle Bianchi, certified low vision occupational therapist, (443) 849-2658,
Renrick Slater, Sr. Medical Secretary, (443) 849-2658,
Judy Starling, Manager, (443) 849-8081
Janet Sunness, Medical Director, (443) 849-2658,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Sells low vision devices such as magnifiers and telescopes (upon evaluation)and referral for CCTVs. The Hoover VIEW offers one-stop shopping for nonoptical devices such as writing guides, talking watches, pens, as well as a technology demonstration center offering public access to the latest electronic magnifiers. Products for sale on site.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in patient's environment by professionals certified in rehabilitation and orientation and mobility.
  • Financial Assistance
    • Hoover Low Vision has small grant opportunities for our low income patients for optical devices.
  • In-Home Services
    • Provides in-home functional evaluations which may include training in activities of daily living, lighting, safety, O&M as well as work-evaluations.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Performs low vision evaluations at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
  • Support Groups
    • Holds share group meetings as scheduled.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.
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