Our Visually Impaired program provides services to older blind individuals age 55 and above who need: low-vision and other communication aids, orientation and mobility training, services to help correct blindness, training in activities of daily living, and any other appropriate services to assist them to live independently.
Through this program, we hope that individuals will be able to tell time through a talking watch, sign his/her name with a signature guide, read his/her own mail with magnifiers/OVAC machine, write a check with check writing guide, and do housekeeping chores with training.
The Admission Criteria for the Visually Impaired program are:
- 55 years +
- Legally blind or diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition
- Residents of Alexander, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Richland, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, and Williamson
Services provided through this program are:
- Orientation and mobility
- Low-vision examinations and corrective lenses
- Safety in the home and kitchen
- Training on adaptive medical devices
- Braille reading and writing
- Training on adaptive communication devices
- Adaptive homemaking skills
- Training on high and low technical equipment
- Coping skills for those newly diagnosed with the eye condition