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Kan. agency awards $1.2M for vision programs

TOPEKA (AP) -- Five grants totaling $1.2 million have been awarded by the Kansas Department for Children and Families to support programs for visually impaired older residents.

The grants were announced Thursday through the agency's Independent Living Services Program for Older Individuals who are Blind. The funds go to nonprofit groups whose services help residents stay in their homes though individual living skills training and technology.

The recipients are Alphapointe Association for the Blind, in the Kansas City area; Envision Vision Rehabilitation Center in Wichita; Resource Center for Independent Living in Topeka; Southeast Kansas Independent Living Resource Center in Parsons; and Prairie Independent Living Resource Center in Hutchinson, which serves several counties in northwest Kansas.

The grants run through June 2016 and are 90 percent funded through federal resources.