Office for Blind proposing cost-saving measures

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Public hearings on proposed cost-saving changes in the state Office for the Blind are being held this month in Kentucky.

The agency assists some 400 people, and WEKU ( ) in Richmond reports that if the changes are implemented, some of the recipients would receive less tuition assistance and fewer cataract surgeries and find it harder to qualify for state-provided services.

The Office for the Blind's Allison Jessee says the agency has almost a million-dollar deficit for the current fiscal year and is trying to find ways to make ends meet.

Jessee says the agency has already cut travel and supplies and other internal expenses and now must look at services.

The first hearing is Monday in Lexington, followed by others in Ashland, Louisville and Owensboro.

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