U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Augusta Blind Rehabilitation Center - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Augusta Blind Rehabilitation Center
VA Medical Center
1 Freedom Way
Augusta, GA 30904-6285
(706) 733-0188 6661 (Local)
(706) 481-6703 (Fax)

Brief Description

Outpatient services are provided by a Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist (BROS) to local veterans by conducting home visits or utilization of outpatient clinic.

Hours of operation: 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Clients served on average per year: 150
Number of staff: 22
Staff description: Orientation & Mobility, Visual Skills, Living Skills, Manual Skills, Family Outreach Coordinator, Physician, Nursing, Administrative Support Staff
Geographic area served: Alabama, Northern Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

Staff

Paul Whitten, Chief, Blind Rehabilitation Center, Paul.Whitten@med.va.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Counseling
    • Assists in making an emotional and behavioral adjustment to blindness through individual counseling sessions and group therapy meetings.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers a variety of skill courses designed to help blinded veterans achieve a realistic level of independence, including orientation and mobility, communication skills, activities of daily living, manual skills, visual skills, computer access training and social/recreational activities.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers recreational activities for groups as well as individuals.
  • Support Groups
    • Brings together veterans who are blind from varied backgrounds, educational levels, and occupations for support group meetings.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.
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