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Independent Living Services

The Rehabilitation Teaching Program provides services to eligible individuals of all ages who are blind or who have a severe visual impairment to enable them to live as independently as possible in their homes and communities. Eighteen Rehabilitation Teachers provide a wide range of independent living services to all eligible individuals.  Teachers provide direct services to individuals on a one-on-one basis and coordinate services which may be available from other agencies and organizations. Teachers are also active in establishing support groups in the communities. All services are customized to meet the individual's needs and may include:

  • Guidance and Counseling
  • Functional Low Vision Evaluations
  • Orientation and Mobility Services
  • Instruction in Communication Skills such as braille, use of recording devices, books  in alternative formats, etc.
  • Instruction in Self Care Skills
  • Home Management Training
  • Instruction in Leisure Activities
  • Information and Referral

Tennessee Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired receives special funding to provide independent living services to older individuals who are blind or visually impaired. These services are administered by the agency's 18 Rehabilitation Teachers who direct the efforts of nine Teacher Assistants in working exclusively with individuals who are at least 55 years old. These assistants provide direct services to individuals on a one-on-one basis and coordinate services which may be available from other agencies and organizations.  All services are provided under the supervision of a Rehabilitation Teacher.

For more information about services available from the Rehabilitation Teachers, contact our regional office nearest to you.