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What is Vision Rehabilitation?

Vision rehabilitation therapists teach people with vision loss  skills and technology that will enable them to live safe, productive and independent lives. This training will enhance job opportunities, independent living and educational development of persons with vision loss.

Specific Areas of Instruction

Communication Systems

Communication can be notes to yourself or others. It includes a wide range of purposes, from a simple shopping list to a research paper. Skills taught include braille, handwriting, recording skills, electronic reading systems, assistive technology and computer access technology.

Personal Management

This includes all the elements in maintaining your personal appearance: grooming, hygiene, clothing organization, medical measurement and socialization skills.

Home Management

Maintaining your home and making it a safe and efficient place for your to life requires a variety of skills including organization and labeling, repair and home maintenance, and budgeting and record keeping.

Activities of Daily Living

These activities include cooking, cleaning, shopping, safety, money organization and management.

Leisure and Recreation

It is important for everyone to participate in activities they enjoy. Vision rehabilitation therapist can show you how to continue participating in hobbies, woodworking, crafts and sports.

Psychosocial Aspects of Blindness and Vision Loss

Medical Management

Many types of medical equipment have adaptive versions. These can be assessed and instruction and training can be provided.

Basic Orientation and Mobility Skills

These basic skills include traveling with a guide and moving about safely in your home.


Vision Rehabilitation Therapists work with a number of special populations including those who are deaf-blind, college students, over 55 years old, children in transition to adult services, multiply disabled, employed persons requiring “on the job training,” and veterans.

For more information about vision rehabilitation and Second Sense’s vision rehabilitation program, contact Polly Abbott by email or at 312-236-8569.

This is based on the description from the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals at