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Weekly Meetings for Visually Impaired People:
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Free Adult BLIND Independent Living Program Updated


Weekly Meetings for Visually Impaired People

Tuesdays:

  • Weekly Call-in Support Group:  1:00 2:30 p.m.

Wednesdays:

  • Move Better Fitness Class:  6:00 9:00 a.m.

  • Circle of Sharing Support Call:  11:15 a.m. 12:15 p.m.

Thursdays:

  • Weekly Call-in Bingo:  10:15 11:15 a.m.


Call New Vision at (352) 435-5040 to be added to the call list for any of these groups. These support activities are open to anyone with a visual impairment. You do not have to be a current New Vision Client to participate.


Free Adult BLIND Independent Living Program

The Adult BLIND (blind living in new dimensions) Independent Living Program is for adults over the age of 55 with a bilateral visual impairment who need assistance adapting to vision loss in order to maintain maximum independence in their homes and in the community. This program is also available for adults under age 55 who do not wish to participate in the Vocational Rehabilitation program. Training in this program includes:
  • Independent living skills training like kitchen safety, accessing print materials, dialing the phone, adjustment to blindness counseling, and low vision devices training.
  • Braille literacy.
  • Orientation and mobility for safe travel in the home and in the community.
  • Assistive technology to use a computer confidently.
Apply through New Vision for Independence (www.newvisionfl.org) at 352-435-5040.

While services through New Vision may differ slightly, this video from DBS about the Independent Living Program can give you an idea of the services available under this program. It is presented with audio descriptions.

To be eligible for free services and programs, you must meet the eligibility criteria from the Division of Blind Services:

"An adult must have a visual impairment in both eyes and require services to: improve or maintain their independence at their home and community, OR to obtain, maintain, or retain an employment outcome."


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