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Services directed toward ensuring that people who are blind or visually impaired have access to benefits, vocational rehabilitation, and other programs available to them in the community and that their interests are appropriately represented by their policymakers and government agencies.
Specialized evaluative processes conducted by professionals to determine the present needs and skill levels of clients.
Sources of braille, audio, and large print books.
Instruction and training braille to promote literacy among blind and visually impaired persons.
Transcribers of printed material to braille.
Creation or publication of materials in braille, electronic, audio, or large print formats.
Screening and other related activities conducted in the community to identify and assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired in need of assistance.
Training in the use of appropriate computers and assistive technology. Computer training encompasses training in the use of such equipment as closed-circuit television systems, computer operating systems, database software, optical character recognition systems, screen magnification systems, speech output systems, and word processing software. It also includes computer training for instructors of students and other individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
Organizations listed in this section provide an opportunity for consumers in the field of blindness and visual impairment to become members and thereby participate in the organization’s mission and receive representation as well as the benefits of membership.
Clinical evaluations, counseling, referrals, and support provided by professionals, such as psychologists and counselors, to visually impaired individuals and family members.
Training in adapted techniques for daily living and work activities, such as home management, personal management, communication, and travel, and other adaptive skills.
Instruction on how to work with a dog guide to negotiate the travel environment.
Career and skill counseling, prevocational evaluation, career preparation training, and vocational placement.
General medical and related services including eye evaluations, treatment of eye conditions, and genetic counseling.
General information about blindness and visual impairment and referrals to sources of other information and services.
Evaluation and testing of a client's vision; prescription of appropriate optical devices; support, follow-up, and referrals to other appropriate agencies and professionals. These services also include the provision of nonoptical (such as lamps, filters, bold-lined paper, writing guides) and optical devices (such as magnifiers, microscopes, telescopes) and training in their use.
Independent vision or vision rehabilitation professional who holds all or any one of the following certifications: low vision therapist (CLVT), certified vision rehabilitation therapist (CVRT), certified O&M specialist (COMS), or specialty certification in low vision (SCLV).
Radio broadcasts of newspaper articles, books, and consumer information for people with visual, physical, and reading disabilities, provided over otherwise unused radio frequencies.
Leisure activities--such as those related to arts and crafts, sports, music, and drama, and other similar activities--provided for blind and visually impaired persons.
Sources of assistive products that help people with vision loss live independently.
Periodic meetings that provide participants with the opportunity to share information and talk about common experiences for mutual support, usually run by a facilitator or a professional who can provide guidance. For more information about support groups, go to Support Group and Resources.
Telephone reader or personal reader services.
Training in the use of low vision devices.
Transportation provided either for free for eligible clients or for a fee to people with disabilities and senior citizens without transportation options or who cannot use public transportation due to their disability.
Training in the use of systematic techniques by which people who are blind or visually impaired orient themselves to their environment and move about independently.