Vision Impairment Services
Vision Impairment Services provides comprehensive, individualized evaluation and instruction in the alternative techniques and 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 for Tennessee Business Enterprises; exploring self-employment
•Adaptive Kitchen Skills
All phases of safe meal preparation, including use of the oven and stovetop
Basic math, spelling, and reading; identifying and organizing money; telling time; preparing for the GED; college preparation; acquiring Tennessee Business Enterprises skills
Reading and writing uncontracted and contracted braille
•Home and Personal Management
Cleaning, managing money, doing laundry, sewing, and hygiene
Comprehensive, functional low vision evaluation to explore magnifiers, monoculars, filters, and CCTVs (electronic magnifiers)
•Orientation and Mobility
Traveling safely and independently indoors and outdoors
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; and understanding the ADA.
Adaptations for accessing a computer, including the use of screen readers and/or magnification software; using technology to aid independent living and career goals.
Microsoft Office, email, internet
•Prerequisite Skills for Entry into Tennessee Business Enterprises
Creating a business plan, conducting a cash flow analysis, reviewing Vocational Rehabilitation program policy, conducting research, and identifying resources.
Note taking, test taking, discussing visual limitations with professors, accessing college resources, and ADA.