Vision loss due to conditions like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and other age-related eye conditions can be a frustrating and difficult part of aging. The good news is that while it may require learning some new skills and making some adaptations, vision loss need not destroy your quality of life, your ability to live independently, or your ability to be involved in your community. Our Senior Services Unit has the tools, techniques, and training you’ll need to stay mentally and physically active and independent.
Unlike many of our other employment-related services, our senior services unit does not focus on helping people find or keep jobs.
Instead, we offer counseling, training and referrals to help seniors find ways to adapt to changes in their vision and improve their quality of life and their ability to live independently.
Many of the people we work with have age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, or other vision-related conditions that are often a part of aging. Frequently, in addition to vision loss, our clients also face other health issues. Our goal is to help customers meet the challenges of vision loss based on their own particular needs and circumstances.
Losing some or most of your vision later in life can be frightening and overwhelming. Yet many of our clients tell us that they're re pleasantly surprised to realize how a little bit of training, some creative solutions, and perhaps some additional technology can give them both confidence and independence.
We provide services directly or through referral to community agencies. Services include:
Our Assistive and Adaptive Technology Unit develops, coordinates and provides technology services that help people on the job, in school or at home.
In addition, the unit serves as a source of information and expertise to customers, counselors, employers, state departments and others who need to know about existing assistive technology, and accessible technology software and systems, as well as technology in development.
In addition, SSB can provide Braille documents, talking books and special radio programming for people with vision loss through our Communication Center.
For more information, please call 651-539-2325.
Our Community Partners webpage identifies our Adjustment to Blindness (ATB) vendors, Job-Related Service vendors, and Tactile ASL vendors.