Community Based Services

Community Based Services addresses the growing need for comprehensive rehabilitation services to blind or visually impaired adults in a community setting (home, senior center, hospital). Community Based Services is unique in providing counseling and rehabilitation services to many adults in Metro Atlanta who would have no alternative but to relocate to a family residence or a nursing home without this intervention. The result of these services is often the reduction of dependency and the promotion of self-sufficiency and self-esteem.

Community Based Services provides instruction in the following skills:

1. Mobility Training: Safety practices, proper use of sighted guide, self-protection techniques needed to prevent accidents and physical injury in familiar or unfamiliar surroundings, special training to move about independently using a white cane on sidewalks or bus/rail travel, orientation to senior centers and other public facilities, e.g., shopping malls or grocery stores.

2. Personal Care: Personal hygiene and grooming methods including hair and nail care, medication management and identification.

3. Food Preparation and Nutrition: Cooking safety, labeling canned goods, measuring ingredients, labeling appliances, reviewing appropriate medical diets including diabetic management.

4. Clothing Care: Labeling clothing, sewing, laundry.

5. Communication Skills: Signature, handwriting, Braille, typing, use of low vision aids, telephone dialing (including how to summon help in emergencies), use of the special Talking Book equipment provided to blind persons by the Library of Congress, and use of adapted watches.

6. Household Budget, Money Management: Identifying money, check writing and account balancing, establishing and maintaining a household budget.

7. Maintenance and Care of Home: Cleaning techniques and organization skills.

The social worker provides ongoing counseling to the client and family, focusing on the adjustment to blindness and the impact on the family. Referrals are made to appropriate community resources prior to and during the teaching period as needed.

If you or someone you know could benefit from these services, please call the Center for the Visually Impaired at 404-875-9011.

Project Independence is a vision program for seniors (also referred to as the Older Blind Program). It is administered by the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) and provides services that can help visually impaired people.