People with learning disabilities are ten times more likely to have serious sight problems than other people yet least likely to get the support they need to manage their sight problem.

 

Habilitation

Our team of trained rehabilitation workers are able to teach people with sight loss how to do every day tasks. They provide the support and knowledge that people with additional disabilities need if they are to maintain and develop their independence, participation in their community and home life.

 

Rehabilitation and enablement

We support people with additional disabilities who experience sight loss in childhood, adulthood or later life to adapt or develop their skills to maintain or grow their independence and participation in their community. 

Carolyn (pictured below) lives at our Exeter Support Service and has been supported to go out shopping. She can now actively engage with her local community.

Carolyn out shopping and hugging a dog

  

What we offer

Person-centred assessments — We provide rehabilitation or habilitation assessments for people who have life-long or acquired sight loss and additional or multiple disabilities.

Assessments are carried out by our qualified specialist rehabilitation workers who meet with the person and their supporters. Each assessment will be undertaken using specialised assessment tools, and when necessary, supported by other members of our advisory service team to take into account the person’s communication or Assistive Technology needs.

Functional Vision Assessments (FVA) — Functional vision describes how we use our vision to carry out our usual activities. Many people who have learning disabilities have sight problems and this means that very often their supporters are not sure how much they can see. A FVA can tell supporters more about how much the person can see and how this impacts upon them.

Our assessment is carried out by specialist rehabilitation workers and will suggest support strategies to better assist individuals. It should be noted that a FVA will compliment the clinical eye test carried out by an optometrist.

Person-centred programmes — We can provide person-centred rehabilitation/habilitation support for people who have sight loss and multiple disabilities. Once we complete a full rehabilitation assessment, including a FVA, a rehabilitation plan will then be produced and agreed by our qualified specialist rehabilitation workers at the start of the programme, and the plan will be monitored and reviewed at agreed intervals.

Our consultancy services are bespoke and priced upon request.

Fundraised income

Our team is entirely funded by voluntary income, and any donations you can give will dramatically improve the lives of the people like Carolyn.

To enquire about rehabilitation/habilitation please email: [email protected]