Vision Rehabilitation is a comprehensive training and counseling process that attempts to help both blind and visually impaired persons to develop skills and use strategies that can assist them in their efforts to live their lives with independence and dignity.
This training process, which is facilitated by a specially trained Vision Rehabilitation Specialist usually lasts for several sessions, spread over multiple weeks, and is tailor-made to each individual patient, based on the extent of disability and their living needs. This process can help to enable the visually impaired cope with vision loss, travel safely, take care of their day to day activities, meet career objectives and enjoy leisure activities to the maximum possible extent.
Some of the programs offered in Vision Rehabilitation are:
Classroom Training for School Children
Visually impaired school children are trained in a simulated class room environment about how they can effectively use assistive tools and develop confidence to participate and integrate in a classroom environment with other normally sighted school children.
Kitchen Training for Housewives
A mock kitchen set-up allows housewives who are blind or have low vision to be trained in safe and efficient cooking habits.
Blind or significantly visually impaired persons are taught to regain their independence and mobility with the use of mobility canes and special mobility training.
Computers are an invaluable tool in helping to level the playing field for people with visual impairments. Blind or visually impaired persons (including school children can be taught skills which include the use of special tools to enable word processing, data entry , use of Internet and more. A wide range of computer based assistive technology is available to help the visually impaired. Popular tools include JAWS and MAGIC.
Job Skill Training
Blind or visually impaired people can be taught certain skills like basket weaving which can help them to find employment.
Equal Opportunity Orientation
Blind or visually impaired people are made aware of their rights and of the benefits they can get from governmental and non governmental agencies.