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Rehabilitation Services

COMMUNITY-BASED VISION REHABILITATION SERVICES

for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired in the State of Maine


A visually impaired client learning to find things in her kitchen pantry
A visually impaired client learning to find
things in her kitchen pantry.

Are you or a loved one struggling to remain independent in your home due to loss of vision? The Iris Network can help. A Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist or Orientation and Mobility Instructor, or Assistive Technology Specialist will come to your home to support you in remaining independent.

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:

  • Vision Rehabilitation Therapy: Our certified 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, 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: Supporting the 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.  Information on purchase of these magnifiers is available.

For more information contact our Admissions Coordinator:
Joyce Earle
(207) 774.6273

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