Vision impairment can have a dramatic impact on a family whether its sudden or gradual. Whatever the cause, adapting can be difficult because face it, the world doesn’t stop. The good news is with low vision rehabilitation services, a trained low vision rehabilitation specialist provides practical training and resources for going about the day-to-day with a new way of actively doing things.
Whether its building new skills to use a magnifier or a smart phone, reading a book or counting money, getting to an appointment or making breakfast, vision rehabilitation helps people – of any age – navigate and lead their daily life to the fullest. Don’t wait to make an appointment.
Get Started with a Low Vision Rehabilitation Specialist
Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a low vision rehabilitation specialist. Working through a professional organization that offers low vision support like eye-care physicians is beneficial as they can provide eye condition information and the required referral form prior to the first session. During the no-cost consultation, the vision rehabilitation specialist will complete an evaluation and make recommendations for services, devices and techniques for getting around. Often the vision rehabilitation specialist is a certified Occupational Therapist with extensive knowledge and experience to develop a personalized plan that fits one’s needs.
After the consultation, a variety of educational programs are provided as vision loss doesn’t mean losing sight of dreams and goals. These learning resources, enrichment classes and support groups are designed to help live well with low vision:
- Orientation & Mobility – learn how to get around your home or neighborhood safely;
- Reading and Writing – join an audio book club, or learn braille;
- Cooking – learn cooking without looking;
- Technology – learn keyboarding, or how to use an iPhone assistant;
- Art & Music – weave a basket, or strum a guitar;
- Getting Help – build confidence in an adult support group.
Not able to visit a low vision rehabilitation center? Not a problem, as in-home low vision support is also available to help people maximize their remaining sight and maintain their independence safely.
Find a location for a low vision rehabilitation specialist consultation.
www.brailleinstitute.org 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553)