The following information was provided by the Carroll Center for the Blind:
To ensure that people who are blind and visually impaired receive training and support during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, MA has launched virtual program offerings for individuals of all ages and all stages of vision loss.
The adjustment to vision loss does not stop given the ongoing pandemic—in fact, the need to stay connected to critical blindness rehabilitation is more important than ever. Although the nonprofit is not currently providing face-to-face instruction on its campus or in the community, the renowned blindness rehabilitation institution is providing instruction through a variety of remote methods to school-age students, adults, and seniors across the nation.
The Carroll Center’s team of expert vision professionals are remotely teaching on a variety of topics, including:
· Activities of Daily Living
· Technology Skills and Assistive Technology
· Low Vision Devices
· Employment Readiness
· Health Management
Recognizing that schooling and many workplace meetings are now being offered through Zoom and similar telecommunications platforms, the nonprofit is also teaching consumers how to effectively use these technologies.
Additionally, the Center is providing counseling support, assistance with resources and diabetes management, as well as support to use the variety of remote methods such as Zoom.
“We are actively engaging with consumers to make sure everyone is supported with skills and resources to be safe and connected,” says Dina Rosenbaum, Chief Program Officer at The Carroll Center for the Blind. “I am amazed with how many consumers have reached out to stay connected during a challenging time with even more social isolation. We have assisted diabetic patients who need help managing their health needs, provided counseling support during this anxious time and instructed many on how to use remote applications and assistive technology.”
Remote training and support is available to any blind or visually impaired Massachusetts resident as well as those from out-of-state.
About the Carroll Center for the Blind
Established in 1936, the Carroll Center for the Blind empowers those who are blind and visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. The nonprofit organization provides services for individuals of all ages including vision rehabilitation services, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, services for seniors, and an optical shop. For more information, visit www.carroll.org.