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 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.
- 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