Adaptive Skills / Skills of Blindness

Learn Skills for and Independent Life

People who are blind and have low vision use adaptive techniques and skills to accommodate vision loss. These "skills of blindness" include everything from using Braille and specialized computer software to traveling with a white cane to cooking, cleaning, and sewing techniques.

Adaptive skills enable people with vision loss to be independent and successful in the home, in school, in their communities, and on the job by teaching the skills needed to be independent in life. Our team can help you overcome obstacles in your home or office environments using a personalized, holistic approach that covers all areas of your life. 

At Home or Worksite

If you are an adult who is blind or has low vision, and would like to learn adaptive skills in your home, in the workplace, and in your community, DSB can provide assessments and training at no cost to you. We plan and provide services based on the individual. Those looking for employment will typically receive in-depth counseling, assessments and training, which includes vocational planning, to determine how they can enter or continue to thrive in the workforce. People not interested in employment also receive services within the scope of daily living through our Independent Living Programs.

At the Intensive Training Center 

People who need more intensive skills of blindness training may be eligible to attend the Orientation and Training Center (OTC) for daily, on-site instruction in these and other topics. The OTC provides comprehensive and intensive training in the adaptive skills of blindness to adults interested in employment. Through a highly-interactive facility and program, students explore a world of recreation, community involvement and volunteerism with the purpose of grounding them in adaptive skills. Learn more about the opportunities for intensive learning at the Orientation and Training Center.


Orientation & Mobility

Learn how to travel safely in your home, around your neighborhood, and to and from work. Some of the many techniques covered include:

  • Planning travel routes 
  • Crossing streets using auditory clues and traffic patterns 
  • Navigating various modes of transportation 


Our team can help you stay in touch with friends and family, take notes and study for classes, and communicate efficiently and effectively with co-workers using:

  • Computers, note-takers, and other Assistive Technology (AT)
  • Braille reading and writing techniques 
  • Low-tech aids such as bold pens and writing and signature guides

Daily Activities

Independence and work readiness depends on the ability to manage dozens of everyday activities on your own. Our team teaches the adaptive skill to:

  • Identify paper money and coins
  • Safely manage medications 
  • Identify and organize clothing and storage
  • Safely operate household appliances
  • Manage personal grooming 

Information & Entertainment

Your DSB team can help you explore the options for staying up-to-date with current events - or the latest best sellers - through various libraries, applications, and audio information services. We can also help you access networking opportunities, hobbies, or social activities curtailed due to vision loss.


If you have a vision impairment that makes employment hard for you, you may be eligible for services to help you prepare for, obtain, and maintain a job.

Contact us for more info or request services.