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Independent Living
Independent Living Resources
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Independent Living Programs


The Oregon Commission for the Blind provides independent living services throughout the state of Oregon.  These services are provided through two Independent Living (IL) Programs.  The Independent Living program for Older Individuals Who are Blind (ILOB) serves seniors aged 55 and older who experience vision loss. The IL Part B program serves adults who are legally blind. Services are provided by qualified rehabilitation teachers who work with individuals in their homes and communities to insure they are able to live as safely and independently as possible.

The following are some of the key services provided:

Techniques of Daily Living 
This instruction includes simple and effective methods for performing everyday tasks
such as preparing meals, shopping, doing laundry, identifying clothing and money, and telling time. 

Low Vision Assessments
Teachers assess and train individuals on how to maximize their remaining vision with the help of optical aids, proper lighting, and techniques for recognizing objects by their shape and color. 

Adjustment to Blindness 
Lessons are provided to help build self-confidence and expand understanding of all that is possible for those who experience vision loss. 
Alternative Communication 
Individuals learn alternative methods of reading, writing, and communicating with large print, audio, writing guides, and adaptive aids.

Orientation & Mobility 
Teachers train individuals on techniques for safe and independent  travel.

Personal Management 
Teachers provide tips on how to organize and manage paperwork, determine alternate methods for approaching visual tasks and help explore new ways for individuals to engage in recreational activities. 

Teachers also provide training to assisted living care providers so that providers can be more effective in supporting the independence  of residents who are visually impaired.            
Any visually impaired adult interested in these services is encouraged to learn more by calling us at 888-202-5463.
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                                                                                Email: ocb.mail@state.or.us