St. John’s: 70 The Boulevard, St. John’s, NL A1A 1K2
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Mandate: Vision Loss Rehabilitation Newfoundland and Labrador provides training to people who are blind or partially sighted. We aim to enable individuals to develop or restore key daily living skills, help enhance their independence, safety, mobility and emotional well-being. Our certified specialists work closely with ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care professionals, providing essential care on a referral basis in homes and communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Our mission is to change what it is to be blind or partially sighted through innovative programs and powerful advocacy that enables Canadians impacted by vision loss to live the lives they choose.
Target Population: Vision Loss Rehabilitation Newfoundland and Labrador serves people of all ages and with all types of vision loss – from low vision to total blindness. If your vision loss is affecting your independence, safety, mobility and emotional well-being, it may be time to start a vision loss rehabilitation therapy plan.
Highlight of Services Offered: The services offered by Vision Loss Rehabilitation Newfoundland and Labrador are provided at no cost to the client. Vision loss rehabilitation therapy is provided by certified specialists, who will work with you to create a personalized rehabilitation plan to meet your needs and goals. Your plan may include one or more of the following services:
- Low Vision Services: If you have low vision, learning to use your remaining sight can be life changing. Our certified specialists can:
- Provide information about your eye disease and explain how it affects your vision
- Teach you how to use lighting and contrast to maximize your remaining vision
- Help you select the right low vision aids such as specialty magnifiers, telescopes, sunglasses etc.
- Teach you how to use these devices for everyday tasks like reading small print on medications and food packages, to reading personal mail, newspapers, phone numbers and recipes, to watching TV, to reading street signs and bus numbers.
- Techniques for meal preparation, from pouring a cup of coffee to using household appliances.
- Assistive technology services: Our services help you discover a world of technology products, from computers to smart phones and apps, to accessible audio book players, video magnifiers, computer screen readers and other items that can help make life with vision loss easier. Our certified specialists will:
- Provide you with an assessment and provide recommendations on assistive technologies that meet your specific needs
- Show you how to use your assistive technologies, to help make the process as easy as possible
- Help you get the tools you need for your workplace or schooling
- Essential Skills for Independent Daily Living: Our certified specialists can help you learn the skills you need to accomplish everyday activities independently and safely. Instruction includes:
- Techniques for meal preparation, from pouring a cup of coffee to using household appliances and cooking a full course meal
- Organization and labelling techniques to easily locate and identify household and personal items, like medications
- Tips for identifying money and doing banking
- Techniques for using the telephone and keeping track of phone numbers
- How to use large print, braille and audio products to read and keep track of information
- How to use products designed for individuals with vision loss like adaptive technology (including cell phones with built-in accessibility features) and apps
- Orientation and mobility Instruction: Learning to travel independently with vision loss is an essential skill. Our certified specialists can help you learn:
- Safe and comfortable ways to walk with a sighted person using sighted guide
- How to navigate your home, work and community safely and independently
- The different types of white canes – ID, support and long – and help you determine the right cane to best meet your needs
- Techniques to travel new and familiar routes safely and independently
- Way-finding skills, including how to use landmarks and how to use accessible GPS apps that assist with orientation and locating points of interest
- How to safely cross streets at intersections controlled by stop signs and traffic lights
- How to use public transportation
- About guide dogs
- Career and Employment Services: Our specialists offer a range of programs to help you gain the skills needed to find and maintain employment:
- Career Counselling
- Job Retention
- Student Transition Services
- Funding Options- information on the availability of educational funding and wage subsidies for disability services and supports
- Job Search
- Employment Skills Workshops
- Early Intervention Services for Children, Youth and Families: Our services help children and youth reach developmental milestones and build social skills, as well as provide parents and caregivers with strategies for raising a child who is blind or partially sighted. Our specialists:
- Develop individual rehabilitation plans based on ongoing assessments for children and youth, in collaboration with educators and health care professionals
- Make referrals to outside agencies, and connect parents and caregivers with necessary resources and information
- Provide supportive counselling and advocacy for families
- Adjustment to Vision Loss: Counselling is critical for people coming to terms with their vision loss, understanding and dealing with their emotions and accepting the support and training that will allow them to live independent, active lives. Services may include
- A structured eight-week Adjustment to Vision Loss group program, facilitated by a trained professional, to help individuals adjust to the social and emotional impact of vision loss
- One-on-one counselling and/or referral to other mental health supports
- Connecting you to community programs, financial subsidies and other helpful resources available in your local area
- These services may be delivered over a series of appointments in your home or community, your workplace, over the phone, online or at one of our Vision Loss Rehabilitation centres.
Getting Started: You are welcome to reach out to us directly to learn more about our services and ask any questions you may have. However, we do need a referral from a health care professional, such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist, before we can get started developing your personalized rehabilitation plan. If you believe you may benefit from vision loss rehabilitation therapy, talk to your health care professional about referring you to Vision Loss Rehabilitation Newfoundland and Labrador or visit us online or in person, or by phone.