Tulsa, Okla. – People who are adjusting to recent blindness or vision loss are encouraged to sign up for free training offered September 19- 21 in Tulsa.
The Training Adults Program goals are to adjust successfully to vision loss, and to work toward regaining independence and the ability to handle daily living tasks.
Visual Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, holds r TAP sessions at their Tulsa Vision Center, located at 907 S. Detroit, suite 500.
Pre-registration is required because space in the popular program is limited.
Participants must be blind or low vision, and eligible for Visual Services’ employment or independent living programs, including the Older Blind Independent Living Program for people age 55 and older who want to be more independent in their own homes.
“Visual Services created the TAP blindness skills training approach to help participants become competent in crucial skills and gain confidence needed to continue their own personal development, “Visual Services Field Coordinator Fatos Floyd said.
Each month for three months, clients get together for three days for intensive training in travel, Braille, technology use, daily living skills such as meal preparation, blindness resources and advocacy.
Each three-day session is designed to become progressively more challenging for participants who benefit from feedback, skills reinforcement and role modeling along the way.
All of the master’s degree –level, certified rehabilitation trainers are legally blind and employed by Visual Services, including Floyd.
“Many TAP participants may not know anyone else who is blind when they come to the class,” Floyd said. “They realize they are not alone when they share challenges they face with others who are also new to vision loss and learning coping skills.”
During the four-week intervals between sessions, Visual Services rehabilitation teachers and orientation and mobility instructors make free home visits for follow-up work with TAP participants on skills and travel techniques they learned in the previous sessions.
“Thus far, the majority of our participants have primarily been job seekers in our employment program, “Floyd said, “but we also train people not seeking employment, including clients in our Older Blind Program.”
Future TAP sessions are scheduled for October 24-26th and November 14-16 in Visual Services Tulsa Vision Center. Pre-registration is required.
For more information about TAP and other programs for Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired, contact Fatos Floyd at 918-551-4900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.