Independent living services were initiated in the fall of 2020. Many of the virtual sessions focused on changes in cleaning procedures to keep individuals and families safe, using safety precautions when using sighted guides, and adaptive aids for labeling and organization.
We expanded independent living services in 2021 and included monthly Zoom workshops on independent daily living tasks such as safe cooking skills and home organization.
In 2022, Independent Living Services expanded into small group classes and in-home services.
Training classes and workshops may be in person, or participants can participate in remote training opportunities. Consumers enrolled in one-on-one training are assessed to determine the current level of independent living in safe cooking techniques, time/money management, labeling/organization tips, and medication management tools and aids.
How it Works
Once the assessment is completed, the participant and instructor establish specific goals that the consumer works toward. All training is completed at the consumer’s pace while skills are developed, and objectives are met toward the independent-living goal.
Remote, independent-living skills classes focus on a specific topic or skill set. These classes are open to anyone interested in gaining knowledge, tips, and tricks from peers with vision loss. These group classes promote peer modeling and idea-sharing. As the instructor presents information, class members suggest or talk about the challenges they have faced. Through peer modeling, individuals see that they are not alone. Youth in transition benefit from adults living with vision loss who face the same challenges.