Low-vision residents accept training in vital with impairment
May 27, 2016 - table lamp
Imagine solemnly losing your vision, being incompetent to review tiny lettering or presumably not even being means to discern opposite colors. You start relying on others to assistance we some-more and more.
Now suppose being supposing with inclination that boost these letters or tell we what tone a shirt is with a click of a button. You turn self-sufficient again, even eccentric of assistance.
The Altoona Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services is creation a disproportion for low-vision people via a state and Centre County by providing training assistance and record to assistance those with prophesy impairments recover their lives and their freedom.
The bureau, by a state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, hosted a low-vision “jumpstart” module Wednesday during a Lions Club in Pine Grove Mills. Regional residents collected during a eventuality to learn new innovations in low-vision technology, accept training in a record and generally be around others with identical eyesight experiences.
“It’s really severe for someone to live alone with a prophesy disability,” prophesy reconstruction therapist Shelly Haupt said. “This lets them consort and build friendships.”
Social workman Steven Kechisen pronounced a business serves about 200 people opposite a county, from infants to a elderly. The bureau, he explained, is a indicate of hit for anyone seeking prophesy assistance.
“A lot of people consider that they have to go by an eye alloy to get a referral,” he said. “That’s only not a truth. They can do a self-referral and we can establish if they’re authorised or not.”
A amicable workman would accommodate with a particular in his or her home, he said, and weigh if a chairman can advantage from a program. If a chairman needs special equipment, a prophesy therapist will also accommodate a chairman during home to teach how to use a device as good as other skills.
“The pursuit of a prophesy reconstruction therapist is to boost their eccentric vital skills to keep them in a home setting,” Haupt said.
Kechisen demonstrated an OttLite list flare to Janet Lose, 79, of Bellefonte. The light, he explained, uses filters to revoke glisten and urge contrariety on reading materials, permitting Lose to collect out difference and colors some-more easily.
Lose pronounced eyeglasses no longer work for her and she needs magnification inclination in sequence to review things like mail and medicine labels. Between a magnifiers and a incomparable OttLite she already has, she pronounced she’s means to review independently, observant she was means to review all a cards she perceived recently for her birthday.
The module featured countless other inclination and aids for a low-vision population. Aids ran from a elementary — such as colored, lifted stickers for use on microwaves and remote controls — to some-more elaborate technology.
Haupt demonstrated a Colorino, a remote control-sized device that assists those who have difficulty perceptive colors on clothes. If you’re uncertain of what tone a shirt is, we reason a device adult to a cloth, press a pitch and a voice tells we a color.
Haupt also demonstrated a PenFriend audio labeler, that resembles a tiny microphone. The coop works in and with glue labels, permitting a chairman to hold a coop to a tag and record a description. Touching a coop to a tag again will replay that specific message.
“This is used for labeling food, cooking instructions, clothes, your CDs,” she said. “A lot of people use it for journaling, recording opposite days on opposite labels.”
The business also provides low-vision canes, Kechisen pronounced — a tangible white canes with a red base, identifying a user as a low-vision individual.
Mildred Cornelison, 89, of State College, pronounced she wished there were some-more open recognition of a pitch of a white shaft and what it stands for. She also called for training on how to support a chairman who has a prophesy spoil and how to give a small assistance contra a lot.
“The white stick, many people know that,” she said, referring to a skinny white hang used by those who are roughly or totally blind. “But people competence not know what a tangible shaft stands for.”
Altoona Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services