Alternative Vision Training
List of Services, Phase 1
Assessments: To include but are not limited to the following.
Independent Living Skills: looking at all aspects of daily living needs and functionality of the client in areas such as cooking, general housekeeping, shopping, personal care, gardening, meal planning, etc.
Orientation and Mobility: both for home and work purposes, for route planning, independent cane travel, sighted guide and guide animal, buses and other forms of public transportation, shopping, and any other need that is deemed necessary.
Vision Rehabilitation Teaching: looking at computer needs, adaptive phones, adaptive software, kitchen skills, meal prep, crafting of all types, assistive technology, Braille, talking books, and tablets such as iPad or Android.
Assessments will be done in every aspect of the client’s needs as agreed to by the client and their referring agency.
Assessments will be done in several formats, hourly assessments for minor needs (a single area) or three day assessments to be done for those with multiple needs.
Vocational Assessments: This will be a three-day process in which we will be looking at a full assessment of abilities (vocational, rehab technology, O&M, counseling, time management, etc.). We will be using a variety of tools for the assessment process to include but not be limited to oral skills, literacy, cognitive, independent living, assistive technology, adaptive aids, and any other items that the referring agency may want looked at. It will come from written and oral testing as well as observational methods.
Job Coaching: One on One training with the client in a job setting to help them gain the needed job skills to maintain substantial gainful employment.
Job Shadowing: following the client on the job (in the background) to make sure they are able to function within the job parameters.
On The Job Training: working with the client and employer to teach a specific job to the client as outlined by the employer.
Sensitivity Training: This will be in two groups, families and community. The family training will focus on teaching family members how to be helpful to their loved ones without becoming their enablers. Our goal will be to show them that their loved one is fully capable of doing things for themselves. They may need some assistance, but can do most things with just some instruction or encouragement. The community training will look to educate companies and potential employers that people with vision loss of any type are still very capable and able to perform most tasks asked of them. We will hope to open doors to new jobs and better wages by exposing employers to potential employees with vision impairments that have completed our training programs and are ready to return to the workforce. We will be working very closely with state and federal agencies to get job trials and job placements.