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
The following are some of the key services
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.
Individuals learn alternative methods
of reading, writing, and communicating with large print, audio, writing guides,
and adaptive aids.
Teachers train individuals on techniques
for safe and independent travel.
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.
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.
Any visually impaired adult interested in these services is encouraged to learn more by calling us at 888-202-5463.