Vision Impairment Services
Vision Impairment Services provides comprehensive, individualized evaluation and services, structured discovery learning, and personal adjustment training in alternative techniques and adaptive aids that a person who is blind or visually impaired might use to be independent on the job and at home. Areas include:
- Adaptive Communication Skills—Handwriting; recording devices; telephone usage; typing; note taking; job seeking skills; college preparation; acquiring skills needed for entry to the Tennessee Business Enterprises blind vendors program
- Adaptive Kitchen Skills—All phases of safe meal preparation, including use of the oven and stovetop
- Basic Education—Basic math, spelling, and reading; basic functional skills such as identifying, organizing, and counting money and telling time; use of talking and large print devices; some college preparation; acquiring Tennessee Business Enterprises skills
- Braille—Reading and writing uncontracted and contracted braille and using related assistive technology
- Home and Personal Management—Cleaning, managing money, doing laundry, sewing, hygiene, and home maintenance and safety
- Low Vision—Comprehensive, functional low vision evaluation to explore magnifiers, monoculars, filters, and CCTVs (electronic magnifiers)
- Orientation and Mobility—Traveling safely and independently indoors and outdoors
- Transitional Skills —Setting goals; investigating career options; evaluating interests and abilities; seeking employment; writing resumes and cover letters; completing applications; learning interviewing techniques; job shadowing; acquiring housing and transportation; planning leisure activities; accessing community resources
- Assistive Technology—Adaptations for accessing a computer, including the use of screen readers and/or magnification software and refreshable braille displays. Training in iDevices and apps for independent living and employment.
- Computer Skills—Microsoft Office, email, internet
- Outpatient Services—Orientation and mobility; job site assessments; home assessments; computer delivery and set up
NOTE: Students with residual vision are given the option of using sleep shades. The use of sleep shades allows the student to thoroughly explore which adaptive techniques will be the most beneficial.
REFERRAL PROCESS: Please contact a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor serving your area for instructions on how to apply for services.
For additional information:
Karen Davis-Ahng, Supervisor
Phone: (615) 223-8020 Email: Karen.Davis-Ahng@tn.gov
Tennessee Rehabilitation Center
460 9th Avenue, Smyrna, TN 37167