Vision Services is offered to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Each individual is assessed to determine if he/she can benefit from magnification and/or voice over technology. After evaluation, several options are determine to assist at work or home. Once the technology is selected, individual and group training on the equipment is offered.
Assistive Technology devices may include:
- Use of magnification and talking technology
- Low vision kitchen aids
- Cell phones and computers
- Glasses with facial recognition features
Low Vision Services are also offered to individuals who have a partial loss of sight when traditional glasses, medication and surgery can’t correct the loss. Many times people deal with a loss of peripheral vision and have extreme difficulty with visual clarity, lighting and glare. Additional services include:
Adjustment to Blindness – Group support where all participants have vision loss and share struggles and successes each Tuesday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Group led by Lana Little and Terri Rice, masters level counselors, certified rehabilitation counselors as well as certified deaf and blind specialist (Lana Little) and vision specialist (Terri Rice).
Adaptive Computer Training – Whether using magnification, voice over or a combination of adaptive computer software, Signal Centers offers individual and group training. Currently our JAWS training (Job Access With Speech) is from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, for beginner JAWS, 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. for advanced JAWS.
Advocacy and Interviewing Skills. Class specific for those with low vision looking for employment, Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Apps Class. Introduction to Apple apps available for those with vision loss, Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Tactile Art – Every Thursday morning from 9 – 11 a.m., Art at Hart for clients with vision loss at Hart Gallery located at 110 E. Main Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408. Call Brooke for reservations at 421-521-4707. Once a month we also have tactile art at our main campus located at 109 N. Germantown Road. For more information, contact Lana Little at 423-298-2489.
Confident Living Classes – These classes are designed to help those with vision loss remain engaged in the community and live independently in their own home. We offer a variety of skills which empower participants to overcome daily struggles they faced due to vision loss. Classes include:
Cooking without Looking, Friday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Dining Skills/Locating Techniques, Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Independent Living Skills. Group training on organizational skills, cleaning nad labeling techniques. Friday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. For more information on individual training, contact Lana Little at 423-698-8528.
Mobility – Orientation & Mobility Training taught by COMS certified O&M Specialist Katherine Salmon.