Vision Rehabilitation is provided to help those with severe vision loss remain safe, independent and productive. A Vision Rehabilitation Teacher will instruct the individual using techniques and/or adaptive equipment that will assist them with their dailiy living skills. Training with kitchen, financial tasks, recreational (sewing, games, etc.), medical, and personal needs are all areas that can be addressed. Providing equipment that will assist with magnification for reading is also part of vision rehabilitation.
Orientation and Mobility, commonly refered to as, "O&M" helps people with vision loss learn to navigate in their homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods in a safe and independent manner.
Orientation is the ability to make a "mental map" of where you are and where you want to go. Mobility is the act of actually getting there. For most of our lives, we apply these skills unconsciously whenever we have somewhere to go. But people with vision loss must both develop and learn to apply new orientation and mobility skills. These skills can include walking with a human guide, the use of a long white cane or dog guide, and techniques for applying memory and the other senses.