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  • The Independent Living Skills Program -
    Programs and Services

    Programs for Blind and Visually Impaired Consumers

    The Independent Living Skills Program provided in consumer's home and community promotes the development of skills to foster independent living. Orientation and Mobility Instruction, Rehabilitation Teaching, Social Work Services, Volunteers and Educational/Support Groups are provided. The AVI Technology Resource Center is located at the Spring Valley office.

    Orientation and Mobility Instruction enables visually impaired individuals to function independently. Skills taught are based on individual needs and include:

    Rehabilitation Teaching prepares a visually impaired individual to travel safely and with confidence. Instruction is based on client's capabilities and goals. Topics covered:

    Social Work Services assist consumers in adjusting to their vision loss through counseling and connects them with appropriate community resources. Emotional, financial, legal, social, recreational and employment needs are addressed on an individual basis.

    Educational/Support Groups provide blind and visually impaired individuals information about community resources and the opportunity to discuss common problems. Please refer to our scheduled meetings page.

    The Technology Resource Center is located at the Spring Valley office and provides consumers access to assistive technology. Demonstrations and instruction are provided regarding low vision reading systems, computer access software and speech recognition and voice controlled systems.

    Functional Vision Training is provided to visually impaired children from birth to five years of age. Training is in the child's home or his/her preschool program. This training helps a visually impaired child function more independently and lays the basis for a more independent adult in the future.

    Community Outreach Education Program educates professionals, paraprofessionals, seniors and the general public about visual impairment and how to assist visually impaired or blind individuals.