In this program we work on helping the visually impaired achieve physical, social, and emotional independence and maintain quality of life. In (re)habilitation we either continue to work with children who have entered our Early Intervention Program. In this case the process of their development is more advanced than those who have come to us after the age of 3 years, when we have to start with basic skills that are supposed to be taught at an earlier age.
The skills taught include:
•Orientation and mobility skills.
•Self-help ( Independent dressing and grooming, hygiene and toileting and helping with daily chores like table setting and picking up toys ).
•Social skills ( e.g how to interact within a community, how to properly present herself, himself, social manners ).
•Technology and computer proficiency using computer equipment, such as a screen reader, to read information on monitors or in print.
•Literacy reading and writing with Braille, large print, optical devices, or training in effective use of available vision.
•The rights and responsibilities of people with visual impairment ( we make sure that our community of people with visual impairment understand their legal rights and responsibilities in the community and know how to ask for these rights ).
•Recreation and leisure activities.
•Being an active member of society (the problem we often face with people of visual impairment is that society is used to undermine their abilities and are quick to provide sometimes unnecessary help.
•We implement in our community of VIPs that they must be independent and proactive members of the society who should help others as well as receiving help when necessary.