BESB: Rehabilitation Teaching Services

Rehabilitation Teaching Services

Rehabilitation Teachers work with registered adults and children to provide instruction for skills like pouring liquids, writing checks, putting on make-up, and other tasks that are difficult because of a visual impairment.  It is the goal of the Rehabilitation Teacher to enable independence and confidence in completing daily activities.  Adaptive devices are provided or techniques are used to meet the goals of a person with a visual impairment.

Activities include but, are not limited to: {house with family}

  • Home management (including housekeeping and minor repairs);

  • Personal care (including medication management and personal grooming);

  • Food preparation (including kitchen safety and shopping);       {egg in frying pan}

  • Communication (including telling time, reading, and writing);

  • Financial Management (including check writing and money identification);

  • Leisure Activities; {pen writing a check}

  • Home safety (including moving in the home safely);

  • Use of Low Vision Devices (using prescribed low vision devices in the home);

  • Organizing and labeling (including foods, medications, clothing, and toiletries);

  • Braille instruction.


A Rehabilitation Teacher can provide services in small groups in a community center for individuals over 55 years of age (independent living services) or individually in the home at no charge to the client.  Family members are welcome to participate in the program. 

Top Ten Useful Hints from Clients:

  1. Adding milk to coffee or tea without spilling:  Use a shot glass.

  2. Getting toothpaste on the brush:  Squeeze toothpaste into the palm of your hand or on your finger and dip the toothbrush into the paste. Another tip is to lightly pinch the bristles of the brush and squeeze the toothpaste into the bristles.

  3. Remembering your medications:  Turn your medicine bottle upside-down after you take the pill out.

  4. Opening bottles: Wrap a rubber band around a bottle cap to give a better grip when you open the bottle.

  5. Finding the scissors in the “junk” drawer:  Tie a ribbon or string around a pair of scissors to find them quicker in a drawer.

  6. Measuring salad oil:  Put oil in the refrigerator one-half hour before you use it.  The oil will be cold and you can feel when it reaches your finger in the measuring cup.

  7. Measuring liquids (like laundry detergent):  Put a fishing bob in the measuring cup.  The bob floats up as the liquid rises.  The fishing bob can also go right into the washing machine.

  8. Dusting a surface or knick-knack:  turn a sport sock inside-out and put your hand inside.  Spray the cleaner onto your hand and dust.  When finished, you can just throw the sock into the laundry and use it again.

  9. Write a letter with straight lines:  Wrap a rubber band around the width of a clip board and roll the rubber band down a little bit after writing each line.  The rubber band moves with the pen for letters like g, j, p, q, and y.

  10. Writing checks or signatures:  Darken the lines with a magic marker on a check or other places you need to sign to make the lines more visible as you are writing.  This is an alternative to buying large print checks.

Content Last Modified on 2/22/2007 2:48:24 PM