Offers Visually Impaired Veteran Training
The Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center, in Birmingham, Alabama offers the following training classes for visually impaired veterans. These training classes are essential to the rehabilitation process and must completed by each veteran in the program.
|Orientation and Mobility||Communication Skills||Activities of Daily Living|
|The overall mission of Orientation and Mobility training is to promote the development of transferable skills and techniques used to travel safely within both indoor and outdoor environments, specific to the Veterans goals. The mission is facilitated by teaching the Veteran skills necessary to effectively utilize a long cane for travel, evaluate intersections, plan routes, maintain or regain orientation, and using public transportation to name a few.||Communication instruction is designed to enhance and restore abilities in written and spoken communication. Strategies and tools for communication are offered, such as typing, handwriting, telling time, management of financial records, Braille, recording devices and other electronic equipment. These skills help the Veteran to maintain effective communication with others, and keep up with current events, correspondence and personal files.||Activities of Daily Living works to teach skills that will allow the Veteran to accomplish the following:
The skills learned within ADL are designed to be applied to any task that may present itself within an individual’s daily life.
|Manual Skills||Computer Access Training (CATs)||Low Vision|
|Manual Skills training incorporates a series of hands-on-tasks to aid in the development of tactual, cognitive, and perceptual abilities necessary to compensate for vision loss. Within this setting, Veterans have the opportunity to practically apply learned skills and improve them as tasks become more complex. The skills developed within the Manual Skills area are transferable to all other areas of training and lend themselves to the overall goal of independence.||CATs training exposes Veterans to adaptive technology that allows access to computers and their components. Each Veteran learns to use accessible technology to meet his/her needs, and receives the necessary equipment. This program strives to stay current with ever-changing access technology.||The goal of Low Vision training is to facilitate optimal use of functional vision through skills as well as low vision aids. Within the Low Vision training area Veterans vision will be evaluated through a series of assessments’.|
|Social Work||Psychology||Therapeutic Recreation|
|Social work services are provided in-order to offer assistance to Veterans and designated family members. Services include evaluating and solving social, emotional, or family issues affecting treatment.||Psychology services are available to provide confidential support and/or treatment for those Veterans who may be experiencing difficulties related to vision loss, phase of life changes, medical conditions, general life stress, and other psychological issues or difficulties.||Therapeutic Recreation uses education and recreational activities to enhance Veterans functional abilities, independence, and quality of life. The skills learned in the other areas of Blind Rehabilitation Training are implemented during recreational activities.|