The mission of the Adult Services Division is to improve the overall quality
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Statement of Need and Program Objectives: To provide information, education, and training in all areas of independent living for adults who are legally blind and children who are legally blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired to promote full community participation.

Program Description: The Adult Services Division maintains the registry for all individuals certified to be legally blind and for children who are visually impaired. In order to qualify for available services, an eye report is required which documents the legal blindness or visual impairment. Once the individual is registered, an Adult Services social worker conducts an intake for that individual. During this process, the social worker provides information regarding available benefits and arranges for initiation of appropriate services within this agency. The social worker may refer the eligible individual for Orientation and Mobility training, Rehabilitation Teaching, Children’s Services, or Vocational Rehabilitation services. The social worker may also refer the individual for outside services needed to assist in gathering necessary support from the community.

The Rehabilitation Teaching and Orientation and Mobility programs are housed within Adult Services. These two disciplines are designed to maximize independent living skills for eligible adults and children. Rehabilitation Teaching focuses on instructing individuals in the {seeing eye dog} use of adaptive devices, techniques and strategies for coping with vision loss while maintaining independence in their homes and communities. Areas of instruction may include meal preparation, financial management (writing checks, paying bills), shopping, household cleaning, and personal grooming and hygiene. Orientation and Mobility focuses on development of independent travel skills to assist the individual in safely maneuvering within the home and community. Instruction with the use of a white cane, training in the use of low vision magnification devices, and techniques for using environmental cues for orientation purposes may be provided.

The Adult Services Division works closely with statewide low vision ophthalmologists and optometrists to provide evaluation of vision needs and prescribe appropriate magnification devices. In addition, the Adult Services Division maintains listings of area support groups for individuals who are legally blind and their family members to assist in the process of adjusting to vision loss. The Division conducts outreach to inform individuals who are legally blind of available services and to promote the belief that individuals with vision loss are capable, independent, contributing members of society.

Content Last Modified on 1/30/2007 10:22:09 AM