Independent Living Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB) provides services to peoplewith varying degrees of visual impairment, ranging from those who cannotread regular print to those who are totally blind.

Through the Independent Living Rehabilitation Program, rehabilitationteachers provide instruction in techniques used by blind and visually impairedpeople. These techniques enable them to continue doing most of the thingsaround their homes and community that they have done in the past.

Services might include:

These teaching services are provided at no cost to children and adultswho are blind or visually impaired.

Many of the people with whom we work experience one of the following visiondisorders:

Personal/Home Management

Adaptive sewing aids, marking laundry dials, techniques for identifyingcoins and currency, teaching basic home maintenance, identifying and administeringmedications, applying make-up, and coordinating one’s clothes are examplesof the services provided in the area of personal/home management.

Communication

Dialing a phone, telling time, writing checks and maintaining a checkledger...learning new ways to perform these tasks can make life much easier.Magnification devices may assist in reading printed material. Braille maybe used for keeping personal records, phone numbers, labeling, reading,etc.

Counseling and Guidance

The rehabilitation teacher is available to assist in learning more aboutvisual disabilities, understanding feelings and fears about visual impairmentand learning ways to cope. This counseling and guidance may also help indeveloping ways to understand the public attitude toward blindness as wellas personal perceptions of one’s own blindness. These skills contributeto building self-confidence and self-worth.

Meal Preparation

Marking the stove and other appliances, labeling canned goods, developingmethods to read recipes and pre-packaged food instructions, demonstratingcooking aids...safe meal preparation will be much easier once these skillsare learned.

Leisure Activities

Playing cards, Bingo and board games are some of the leisure time activitiesavailable in Braille or large print.

Independent Travel

Instruction can be provided in the use of a long white cane to locatelandmarks, detect curbs and steps, and cross streets. With training, itis possible to run errands, visit friends, and take walks. Some may findit helpful to use a white support cane. Others may learn skills to travelconfidently with their friends and family.

Referral

District Offices Contact Information

If you are interested in the services offered by the Business EnterpriseProgram, please call Toll Free: 1-800-592-6004,or send Email to askrsb@dss.mo.gov