We provide services to enhance personal growth, self-sufficiency, confidence and independence of individuals who are visually impaired of all ages (orientation and mobility, daily living skills and communication skills). All services are planned and supervised by an individual with WV DRS or similar agency and with our staff.
Computer Learning: Our center is committed to offering technology solutions for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. We offer skills, which enable our clients to successfully, compete in educational and employment environments.
We offer training in the use of computer and access technology. With a variety of available access technology products, clients are able to test, select and learn to use equipment that meets their needs through the following:
1. Evaluations that are designed to assess individual competencies and help individuals who are visually impaired select computer and access equipment for their needs.
2. Training: this teaches clients on an individual basis to use specific equipment and software. A general plan of training has been established; however, an individualized plan is developed for each client and job tasks are simulated when possible. The time required to complete training depends on the current skill level and the individual desire to improve those skills.
Orientation & Mobility training is sub-contracted to a local certified O&M specialist.
Daily living skills are provided by our Job Development/Job Training specialist.
On the job training opportunities are provided in are work shop and under the supervision of our Shop Supervisor.
Adaptive device training is provided by our own employee who uses these same devices daily in his/her own life.
Career & Vocational
The center’s career and vocational services offer opportunities for individual growth and development, confidence building, and economic and personal independence
through education and training.
Career and vocational services can also help a person prepare for, and retain with Share if necessary, a job in the competitive workplace. Today, thousands of blind individuals are self-sufficient because they are actively employed in a variety of fields such as: lawyers, secretary, computer analyst, stock clerk, engineer, teacher, food service worker, customer service representative, personnel manager. Success in any job is primarily due to the preparation and attitudes the individual brings to the job. The career and vocational services help individuals help themselves be successful.
Career Strategies/Job Development: This service offers an individual the opportunity to develop person-centered vocational goals and objectives through an assessment process.
This process may include the opportunity to visit a variety of employment sites to determine abilities and interests within a particular occupation (i.e. community based assessment and situational assessment).
Relationships are developed with businesses for learning experience and possible placement.
Career Consulting: This service offers assistance with skills training in areas such as: caning chairs, weaving rugs, mop production, janitorial services, computer literacy, typing, and telephone answering services.
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.
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
The Cheerful Bowlers League has been around for the last 60 years. It is sponsored by the Seeing Hand Association, Inc. It has been shared by the Wheeling Rotary for the past 57 years. Currently, the Rotary and the Warwood Lions participate on a regular basis. Various civic organizations, including the Dallas Lions and Knights of Columbus, have and we hope, will continue to help along the way.
All civic organizations, schools, youth groups and church groups are encouraged to form a team and come try your skills against our bowlers while blindfolded! We bowl at the St. Clair Bowling Lanes on Rt. 40 in St. Clairsville, OH. We bowl at 10 AM on Saturday mornings. We bowl Ten weeks in the spring and ten weeks in the fall. We ask our bowlers to be there by 9:30 AM so we can start promptly by 10 AM. We have a bowling banquet each April to celebrate our bowling achievements and recognize our bowlers and give out our annual awards.
All blind and visually impaired people are eligible to bowl. There are no age limitations. We will work with you to help with transportation. Please call the Seeing Hand Association at 304-232-4810 for additional details or questions. There is always a need for volunteer drivers. Please consider giving us a Saturday morning to make somebody’s day!
Have you ever felt like “nobody knows how I feel”? Well, you are right, nobody knows exactly how you feel about your low vision or blindness, but the Share Group organized and lead by the Seeing Hand Association, Inc. of Wheeling, WV may come as close to understanding how you feel about low vision or blindness as anyone in the local area will ever come to understanding your situation.
The Share Group for visually impaired and blind adults meets the last Wednesday of the month. We meet at the Seeing Hand Association building at 750 Main Street in Wheeling. We meet from 10 AM until 11:30 AM. Please call our office at 304-232-4810 if you have any questions.
This is not a group counseling session, but rather an opportunity to share the skills and knowledge that leads to our many successes and to the diminishing number of our failures.
We discuss and demonstrate the latest in technological developments which ultimately lead to even more skill and success. We occasionally watch a video that is pertinent to our location on the journey of life. We have speakers who are experts in their respective field of expertise.