NABA’s vision rehabilitation therapists work in-home and on-site with individuals to develop the skills and techniques that facilitate independent living. Skills taught include household management, financial management, personal care and safe meal preparation.
Being able to travel independently and safely is a critical part of dealing with vision loss. NABA specialists instruct individuals on safe travel skills and ways to establish and maintain orientation.
Our Adapted Daily Living Skills program starts with an assessment. The rehabilitation instructor then trains the client in skills such as cooking, cleaning, personal care, communications, and home management.
Adjusting to and coping with vision loss can be a difficult emotional process. NABA social workers assist individuals adjust to their vision loss, helping them to develop coping, problem-solving and decision-making skills while reducing stress and anxiety.
NABA will train clients in the latest adaptive software that allows individuals who are blind or visually impaired to work with computers using speech and/or Braille output. Clients who have some residual vision are taught to use programs that will enlarge text on the computer screen.
Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)
NABA’s Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (VRT) teach adaptive techniques for doing ordinary tasks so a person who has experienced a vision loss may continue to be independent. Each consumer is instructed in their home or workplace, often using adaptive equipment, and the program is designed to meet the personal goals of the individual.
KidSight is a free vision screening program that NABA has provided since 1998. KidSight screens children between the ages of 18 months to 4 years old who attend childcare or preschool classes in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Schenectady, and Saratoga Counties. Studies have shown that 62% of America’s pre-school children have never received a complete eye examination. One in every 20 children under the age of 5 suffers from a serious vision problem that could lead to permanent damage if not corrected early.