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Life Skills Programs

From orientation & mobility and Braille to keyboarding and techniques of daily living, our life skills programs offer essential training to ensure an individual’s ability to live independently.

Download complete the Life Skills Program Guide or choose individual program handouts below.

Basic Communication & Adult Education

In our Basic Communication course, students must demonstrate capabilities that are, for the most part, used on a daily basis in society. Students are introduced to or reacquainted with how to make calls, using both landline and cellular telephones; how to set an alarm; composing notes or writing signatures when required; different currency identifiers and how to correctly identify them in the proper setting; the difference between a debit and credit card and how to use each; how to access and/or set up a bank account; and many more life skills. Download the Basic Communication & Adult Education handout.

Practical Braille Skills

Our Practical Braille Skills course provides students with the tools, motivation and instruction necessary to achieve their goals in Braille literacy. Each student will learn and develop skills essential to master Braille and incorporate it into their daily life. This course increases the student’s ability to read and write Braille. Upon admission to the course, the skill level and individual learning needs of each student will be assessed. With this information, individualized goals tailored to each student will be implemented to increase the student’s level of success. Students with prior knowledge and Braille skills will be placed at the appropriate level for their needs. Download the Practical Braille Skills handout.


Computer Essentials

The Computer Essentials course is designed to equip students with a core set of technical skills.  An initial assessment of proficiencies with computers, cell phones, Braille displays, notetakers, book readers, and GPS devices is used to develop a tailored learning experience for each student.  With an individualized lesson plan and skilled instructors, clients are given the technical know-how they need to excel in the digital age. Download the Computer Essentials handout.


Keyboarding

In our Keyboarding course, clients will use a program called Typability, in conjunction with JAWS software, to learn the layout and proper technique for typing. Download the Keyboarding handout.


Low-Vision Aids & Print Reading

In our low-vision aids and print-reading course, we sit down with the student to determine magnifiers that best suit the student’s vision when reading for leisure and work. Students learn techniques to improve reading speed and build reading comprehension. The target threshold has been set at a reading speed of 100 wpm using 9th-grade level materials. The target threshold for reading comprehension is set at 75%, using 12th-grade level materials. Download the Low-Vision Aids & Print Reading handout.


Orientation & Mobility

In our Orientation & Mobility training, we evaluate a person’s ability to travel safely and efficiently in various environments. We provide the necessary training and adaptive equipment enabling a person to do so. All O&M services are self-paced, flexible and individualized to assist the student to reach their short-term and long-term goals. Program time varies depending on skill retention, physical/cognitive limitations, concept development and motivation. Typically, a person with no prior O&M training and little to no useful vision will need three to six months of training to become as independent as their abilities permit. Students who have had previous training can complete the program in three to four weeks. Download the Orientation & Mobility handout.


Techniques of Daily Living

Our Techniques of Daily Living (TDL) course works to offer students an opportunity to learn and enhance the skills that are needed to become more independent. This training teaches the fundamentals of self care, cooking and household cleaning that will aid students in taking better care of themselves. But our ultimate goal is for students to overcome some of their fears and apply what they have learned so they can become more independent as they strive to reach their goals and integrate safely back into their homes and into the workforce. Because we interact with students at various stages of development and life skills, our TDL class addresses students’ needs on an individualized basis. Course length is based on where the individual is at the time of entry and their needs, skill set, abilities and motivation/drive. Download the Techniques of Daily Living handout.