Fran Osborn has earned a reputation as an expert in the field of vocational rehabilitation for those who are blind or visually impaired. Her experience includes work with those who have multiple disabilities, and she conducts career and personal counseling, independent living lectures, and grief and stress management classes.
She received a BA in Languages from Marywood College and a MA in Biblical Education and an MA in Biblical Counseling, both from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
Fran's work with the visually impaired began with an internship at Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind and then moved directly to the Texas Division of Blind Services, where she worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for 17 years. She retired so she could devote more time to her counseling practice.
Board of Directors—Computers for the Blind
Serve as a member of the board, advising and helping the staff in their mission to provide computers outfitted to assist those who are blind or have extremely low vision. (11/2015–present)
Private practice for individuals and groups, specializing in counseling clients with disabilities, ongoing physical problems, depression, and mood disorders. (2008-present)
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor—Division for Blind Services, Dallas, Texas
Administer and coordinate rehabilitation services and technology for persons, ages 18 through geriatrics, who are blind or visually impaired. Specialize in counseling minority population members and consumers with psychological differences, diabetics, and people with job retention issues. (1998-10/2015)
Phone Counselor—Texas Council on Compulsive Gambling
Assess, analyze, counsel, and refer for services clients ages 21 to retired. Work with minority populations and clients' family members. (1997-98)
Intern—Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, Dallas, Texas
Conduct assessment, provide individual and group, family, marriage, and geriatrics counseling. Perform administrative duties and process case load management reports. (1997-98)
Education, Certifications & Memberships
Master’s in Biblical Counseling
Dallas Theological Seminary (December, 1997).
Master's in Biblical Education
Dallas Theological Seminary (May, 1995).
B.A. in Languages
Marywood College, Scranton, Pennsylvania (1974)
Licensed Professional Counseling Supervisor. Licensure October, 2006, #16632
Licensure October, 2006, #16632
Licensed Professional Counselor.
Licensure October, 2000, #16632.
Richardson Host Lion's Club
National ‘Blind Ambitions’ Groups
Co-Originator and Organizers, Charter Member
Texas Federation for the Blind
Former Recording Secretary
Texas Rehabilitation Action Network
Dallas Association of the Blind
Vice President of Finance
Dallas Foundation of the Blind
Dallas Advisory Group on Disabilities
Inner-Urban Tribal Counsel
Service & Awards
Outstanding Women of Today—Builders of Tomorrow.
Altrusa International of Richardson, Inc., 2016.
Employee of the Year.
Texas Commission for the Blind.
Letter of Commendation.
From Florida Gov. Reubin Askew for work in National Association of Suggestion Systems.
Volunteer with a Heart Award and Volunteer of the Year.