Bringing the Sighted World into focus for our Patients
The Vision and Blind Rehabilitation Program recently planned a trip for patients with vision loss on a touch tour at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
The patients enjoyed the opportunity to have a guided tour and to have tactual contact with the art on display. Ten patients participated in the tour and future tours will be planned.
For Veterans and Active Duty Service Members With Vision Related Disorders the following services are available:
• Low Vision Examination and prescribed low vision aids to enhance remaining vision
• Visual Skills-instruction with prescribed optical, lighting, electronic aids, and therapies, to enhance visual motor and perceptual skills for near, intermediate, and distant visual needs
• Orientation and Mobility- orientation to the environment and safe indoor/outdoor travel skills
• Communication- skills in typing, handwriting, braille, telephone use, record keeping and recording
• Activities of Daily Living-money management, grooming, cooking and meal preparation, telling time, organizational skills
• Manual Skills-tactual abilities, simple repairs, adaptive measuring, hand tools, hobbies, crafts
• Computer Access Training (CAT) hardware, large print and voice software systems to learn office tools, E-mail/Internet access, downloading books.
• Adaptive Technology Training – scanning and reading machines, note taking, PDAs
• Adjustment to Vision Loss Assistance-supportive counseling to address the losses, stress, and isolation; Case management and resources available.
• Socialize, Learn, Share, Leisure, and Volunteer Activities- VIST Support Group, Bowling, Crafts, Cards, and the Blinded Veterans Association
Contact the VIST Coordinator- Evelyn Cabrera- Heatwole at 675-5000, ext 5221.