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Rehabilitation Services

The goal of Rehabilitation Services is to evaluate what is needed, based on vision loss to allow the individual to continue to carry on the functions necessary to maintain the level of independence desired.  An individualized program may include one or more than one of the following components:

  • Social Work/Counseling: Our social workers provide advocacy for services and connect individuals to programs within The Iris Network or other relevant community services (transportation programs, benefits, meals on wheels, etc.)  When the situation applies, group classes are organized and support groups formed.
  • Our Personal Adjustment Counselor assists the individual in working through the process of loss that many people experience when confronted with a vision loss
  • Vision Rehabilitation Therapy: Our teachers address multiple areas of learning:

Communications: Assistance with learning adaptive methods in all areas of communications including large print, tape, and Braille.  VRT’s provide instruction in accessing calendars, check registers, address books, etc, low vision/contrast materials, recording devices, guides for writing checks, addressing envelopes, writing correspondence, etc.

Adaptive Kitchen Skills: training is provided to promote independence and safety in use of the stove/oven and in all aspects of meal preparation such as use of knives, measuring, pouring, reading recipes, timing foods, labeling kitchen supplies.

Home Management: Training in this area may include adaptations for doing laundry, vacuuming, sweeping, dusting, sewing, ironing, shopping, maintaining safety in the home.

Personal Management: areas of need may include labeling clothing, identifying medication, time telling, care of self and others.

Recreation: assisting individuals in adapting their leisure/recreational pursuits and resources/information on new recreational opportunities such as adaptive knitting or crocheting, hand and machine sewing, cribbage, bingo, woodworking, descriptive videos, talking books, etc.

  • Orientation and Mobility Training: Some individuals who experience a loss of vision also experience increased difficulty in their ability to travel safely.  Mobility instructors provide training to assist individuals in learning how to continue to travel safely in familiar and unfamiliar environments.  The use of sighted guide is taught to assist people when traveling with others.  Instruction in the use of the white cane promotes independence.
  • Video Magnification: Sometimes in conjunction with the Low Vision Clinic and sometimes as a separate component, we can demonstrate a variety of video magnifiers (also called Closed Circuit TV’s).  Information on purchase of these magnifiers is available.

For more information:
Rabih Dow
Director of Program Services
207.774.6273 ext. 3322

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