The greatest challenge faced by people who are blind is not the physical lack of sight, but the limiting beliefs that society holds about their abilities.
Blindness doesn’t have to keep anyone from living a happy, productive life. Each step toward independence is one more step toward living a quality life.
Our services challenge, encourage and empower individuals to build confidence, independence and self-esteem.
1. Summer Camp Celebrate Independence is a coed camp for blind and visually impaired youth ages 12 –17 years. The camp offers a variety of opportunities centered on our core values of independence, trust, teamwork and personal development. Campers practice skills needed to bridge the gap into independent adulthood. Each summer, campers have the opportunity for personal growth through life skill experiences, orientation and mobility, computer, social skills, recreation, outdoor nature workshop, relationship building, independence and self-awareness.
2. Support Groups helps to know you’re not alone! Often people with vision loss experience a sense of isolation. It is important that people have an opportunity to discuss feelings about low vision. Support groups offer a place for people to meet others coping with similar issues and develop a sense of community. Our support groups are available to bring together people who share common experiences and exchange information related to their vision.
Through our services: daily skills(personal hygiene and home making); O&M(travel in home and the community); and training with adaptive devices(computers are the great equalizer) are just three of the ways we can help you or a loved one regain the poise and confidence that the loss of vision may have shaken.
James Omvig is an active member of the NFB and has offered a five point outline for the success of a blind person. Our friends over at the NFB espouse this philosophy and we readily agree:
Five Things We Must Teach the Blind. Notes: Jim Omvig presentation
Much of Jim's presentation was from an article he wrote for the Braille Monitor
entitled "Great Expectations". It is a discussion about the benefits of each skill and not
a debate. You choose to come into the program, then you choose to follow the
program in its entirety.
BASIC LIFE SKILLS
1. Self Awareness skills: assist the blind person emotionally to accept their
own abilities and successes. " I am a normal person".
2. Personal Skills: home economics, Braille, O&M, computer. Techniques of
learning without using sight.
3. Coping Skills: Skills to deal with other people's problems with blindness.
4. Social Skills: teach them to blend into society. A blind person should try to be:
c. good manners
d. face people when speaking
e. correct mannerisms
f. good verbal skills
g. respect of self and others .
5. Teach to "give back". Many blind people do not realize that with the talents and skills they possess, they can indeed contribute to society.