Has declining vision also caused a decline in your quality of life? Be assured, there are steps you can take now for coping with vision loss, and actually improving your quality of life. It starts with finding an organization that provides programs and services for those with vision loss – from low vision to no vision.
For example, if you have low vision from age-related eye disease, locate a Low Vision Rehabilitation center near you where you can expect to gain new learning, motivation and a vibrant community who provides access to training and enrichment like:
- Daily Living Skills
- Orientation & Mobility
- Assistive Technology Training
- Audio Books
- And more!
Most Low Vision Rehabilitation centers start with an intake process known as a Low Vision evaluation which actually begins with a referral from your ophthalmologist who provides your vision assessment. From there, an appointment with a certified Low Vision Rehabilitation specialist allows for a thorough review of your visual impairment and custom needs to create a plan just for you – all provided free.
With your custom rehabilitation plan in-hand, you will register for classes and workshops, which cover a large variety of living skills, activities and topics, like those that follow just to name a few:
- Understanding Vision Loss
- Home Organization
- Sensory Awareness
- Adaptive Cooking
- How to Watch a Movie with Accessibility Features
- VoiceOver on Mobile Phone
- Vision Loss Support Group
- Thousands of Talking/Audio Book Titles & Book Club
- Art & Music
Classes and workshops, and one-on-one appointments can be attended in a number of ways either remotely online through Microsoft TEAMS from the comfort of your home, or in-person by appointment with protocols at seven centers in southern California with Braille Institute. And, classes, workshops and services are always free at Braille Institute.
The key is, don’t wait. Support is available now to help you cope with vision loss and have a good, quality life while living with visual impairment. So, if you’re having difficulty reading the mail, medicine bottles or the newspaper; watching TV; cooking dinner; recognizing the faces of family and friends – don’t hesitate to reach out for services. It’s the first step to learning new ways to help you succeed.
Call for more information: 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553).