Our Rehabilitation Services

Our rehabilitation services help people with vision loss build skills and confidence needed to perform daily activities.

Life Skills Education

  • Our life skills classes teach clients how to use their existing vision most effectively, how to apply specific functional techniques, and use assistive technologies to accomplish daily life activities.
  • Skills taught include kitchen safety, the preparation and cooking of meals, the completion of checks and forms, the use of smartphones, and adjustments to in-home lighting.
  • Access technology instruction helps clients use current and emerging technologies that help facilitate daily life.
  • Orientation and mobility training (O&M) helps clients understand their surroundings and how to navigate between familiar locations. Specialized techniques taught include sensory development, use of transit systems, and problem-solving skills.
  • Many of our life skills classes are taught by our vision rehabilitation therapist, who is certified by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP).
  • Our O&M training is also is delivered by an ACVREP-certified specialist.
  • Individualized life skills instruction also is available.

Personal Counseling

  • Personal counseling by our certified vision rehabilitation therapist helps clients become more accepting of their impairments and improve their outlook on life.
  • In-person counseling sessions can be held at an agency campus or in a client’s home.
  • Counseling by phone or videoconferencing also is available.

Low Vision Functional Exams

  • Functional exams at our Lehigh Valley and Monroe low vision care centers are available to both registered clients and patients referred by physicians.
  • These specialized exams determine what magnifiers or devices are best for each person.
  • Our exams are performed by Anthony Silvetti, O.D., a low vision specialist who has more than 30 years of experience and was trained at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
  • Exams are eligible for coverage by Medicare and many medical insurance policies.

Assistive Technologies

  • Consultations about assistive technologies are provided with all examinations.
  • Clients and patients also can purchase devices for everyday life tasks inside our Lehigh Valley vision aids store. The store also is open to the public by appointment.
  • We can help clients and patients seek financial assistance toward their purchases.

Camp I CAN! Program for Kids

  • Our Camp I CAN! summer program gives kids ages 7-13 with visual impairments opportunities to enjoy new experiences, develop new skills, and make a difference in their communities.
  • The two-week day program typically is held in July and features several hands-on activities and fun trips to destinations in and around our service area.
  • All kids must have a visual acuity of 20/70 or worse with best correction to be eligible. Appropriate accommodations also are made with respect to other disabilities.
  • Campers also participate in a community service project, from which they learn that their impairments cannot prevent them from making an impact.
  • Previous community service projects have benefited Animals In Distress, Valley Youth House, Fellowship Manor in Whitehall, PA, and the Good Shepherd Pediatric Rehabilitation program.

Contact for Information

Jennifer Pandolfo, 570.992.7787

Our Partners for Sight