Skills of Blindness Training and Counseling

The goal of IL Services is to provide the skills, the tools, and the confidence individuals with recent vision loss need to live independently. IL Services provide a variety of low vision or blindness skills training. These adaptive skills enable people with vision loss to be independent and successful in their homes and communities.

Daily Living

Training on successfully accomplishing day to day activities.

From personal care to cooking, cleaning, and home management, the IL Services team can teach adaptive skills to help participants continue to participate in the activities necessary to them.

Communications

Learning to maintain connection to family, friends, and current events.

The IL Services team provides instruction on using aids, devices, and technology to send and receive personal communications and access media, entertainment, and news. This can be as simple as reading books with magnification and telling time with a talking watch.  Or this can be as advanced as using a smart phone to look at email.

Orientation & Mobility

The ability to safely get from place to place is key to independence.

The IL Services team has Orientation and Mobility Instructors who can help participants learn to safely navigate their home, neighborhood, and the rest of the world. Instructors can teach techniques ranging from human guide orientation to the use of non-visual skills and the long white cane for safe and independent travel.

Adjustment Counseling

The IL Services team offers brief adjustment counseling for participants who are experiencing grief, fear, or even anger as their vision declines or are plunged into sudden blindness. Note that this is not crisis counseling or mental health therapy.

Information & Referral

IL Services team members have a comprehensive knowledge of the resources, programs, and benefits available to people with visual impairments. IL Services can provide information on national, state, or community resources and connect participants to other services they may qualify for and benefit from, including talking books, para-transit, and other services.

For more information contact us at info@dsb.wa.gov, call 800-552-7103 or request services online.

Download the Independent Living Program brochure (.pdf)