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​​​​​Vision loss rehabilitation therapy helps people with all levels of vision loss to develop or restore key daily living skills, helping enhance their independence, safety, mobility and emotional well-being. Ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care professionals may refer you for this therapy as a part of your overall care plan. 

Vision loss rehabilitation therapy is provided by certified specialists, who will work with you to create a personalized rehabilitation plan to meet your needs and goals. 

Your plan may include one or more of the following services:

Low visi​​on ​services

If you have low vision, learning to use the sight you have left can be life-changing. Our certified specialists can:   
  • Provide information about your eye disease and explain how it affects your vision in an easy to understand way
  • Teach you how to use lighting and contrast to maximize your remaining vision
  • Help you select the right low vision aids and assistive technology - from speciality magnifiers to telescopes, iPads and apps
  • Teach you how to use these devices for everyday tasks like reading small print on medications and food packages, to reading personal mail, newspapers, phone numbers and recipes, to watching TV, to reading street signs and bus numbers 

Essential skills for daily living

Our certified specialists can help you learn the skills you need to accomplish everyday activities independently and safely. Instruction includes:
  • Techniques for meal preparation, from pouring a cup of coffee to using household appliances and cooking a full course meal
  • Organization and labelling techniques to easily locate and identify household and personal items, like medications
  • Tips for identifying money and doing banking
  • Techniques for using the telephone and keeping track of phone numbers
  • How to use large print, braille and audio products to read and keep track of information
  • How to use products designed for individuals with vision loss like adaptive technology (including cell phones with built-in accessibility features) and apps

Travel and mobility instruction

Learning to travel independently with vision loss is an essential skill. Our certified specialists can help you learn:
  • Safe and comfortable ways to walk with a sighted person
  • How to navigate your home safely and independently
  • The different types of white canes – ID, support and long – and help you determine the right cane to best meet your needs
  • Techniques to walk safely and independently throughout your community using a white cane
  • Way-finding skills, including how to use landmarks
  • How to safely cross streets at intersections controlled by stop signs and traffic lights
  • How to use public transportation
  • New routes to travel independently to places in your community
  • About guide dogs
  • How to use accessible GPS apps that assist with orientation and locating points of interest

​​ Services for children, youth and families

Our services help children and youth reach developmental milestones and build social skills, as well as provide parents and caregivers with strategies for raising a child who is blind or partially sighted.

Our specialists will:
  • Develop individual rehabilitation​ plans based on ongoing assessments for children and youth
  • Make referrals to outside agencies, and connect parents and caregivers with needed resources and information
  • Provide supportive counselling and advocacy for families

Adjustment to v​ision Loss

Counselling is critical for people coming to terms with their vision loss, understanding and dealing with their emotions and accepting the support and training that will allow them to live independent, active lives. Services may include:
  • ​A structured eight-week Adjustment to Vision Loss group program, facilitated by a trained professional, to help individuals adjust to the social and emotional impact of vision loss
  • One-on-one counselling and/or referral to other mental health supports
  • Connecting you to community programs, financial subsidies and other helpful resources available in your local area