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   Cabell-Wayne Association of the Blind

Services Division

   

Administration:

Executive Director, Office Manager

Administrative Assistant

Fund raising, personnel, and budgetary duties are all components of the agency. The administration of CWAB interacts and implements every program of the Services Division in addition to conducting intakes for potential consumers, overseeing the eyeglass, taxi ticket, and scholarship programs, tracking volunteer hours, and sending outgoing correspondence.

  

Adaptive Technology:

Adaptive technology promotes greater effectiveness for persons with functional limitations or disabilities by enabling them to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing. Adaptive technology provides changed methods of interacting with or enhancements to the technology.

This program provides visually impaired and blind individuals “adaptive” technologies to complete everyday tasks.  Text readers, special computer software and hardware, video magnifiers are commonly used.  Instructional computer classes are offered to those willing to learn.

 

COMPUTER SKILLS CLASS:

Computer skills training is available to consumers (and family members) on a part-time basis at CWAB®’s main office at 38 Washington Avenue.  Each student typically receives one-on-one attention from the Computer Instructor.  Adaptive Technology software is available to meet the needs of both legally blind and totally blind individuals.  For those who still function visually, a screen magnifier program is used.  For those unable to benefit from the magnification software a screen reading program provides the needed auditory assistance.  Typically, the student will attend one 90-minute session per week.

Previous computer experience and typing skills are taken into account.  The instructor attempts to match initial instruction to those skills and experience and build skill levels from that beginning point.  After determining that basic skills are in place regarding working in the Windows environment, the instructor quite often allows the student’s interests to be the guiding determinant of continued instruction.  Individuals who show continuing progress and need are allowed to stay in the class for at least two years.  Internet and E-mail use are popular items among most students.

 

In-Home Services:

This program offers assistance with personal correspondence, reading mail, banking assistance, mending of clothing, and organization of items in the home as well as shopping needs.

 

Media and Marketing:

CWAB®’s Media-Marketing program provides community outreach and organizational publicity.  The GUIDE PAGE MAGAZINE, a freely distributed monthly publication, is made available to readers both locally and across the country. Features such as special events, meeting schedules, organizational news, and other items of interest are presented for the blind and visually impaired.  The publication is available in large print, Braille, computer disk, audio tape, and audio CD, as well as e-mail and various other electronic formats on the agency’s website.

 

Orientation and Mobility:

A Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS®) is available to instruct consumers in skills, concepts and strategies to develop or reestablish the ability to travel throughout their environment. From the home to the community and into the world these skills encourage independence, enhance self-satisfaction and promote efficiency and safety for those who are visually impaired.

 

Vision Rehabilitation:

A Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT®) is on staff to instruct persons with visual impairments in the use of compensatory skills and assistive technology that will enable them to live safe, productive, and independent lives.  CVRT’s® work in areas that enhance the economic, educational, and social welfare of persons with vision loss.

Specific subjects of instruction include cooking, braille reading and writing, personal management, and home management.

  

Recreation:

Social interaction is a key element to personal growth, both physical and emotional.  With activities such as bowling, picnics, dances, parties, bingo, plays, concerts, YMCA, and crafts, CWAB® consumers can learn new skills, make new friends, increase physical activity, gain a higher self-esteem, and enjoy themselves.  At CWAB®, the recreation program is designed to assure that an individual with a vision impairment can enjoy a full and active lifestyle.

  

Teubert Prep:

Teubert Prep is a recreation program designed to provide blind and visually impaired children of Cabell and Wayne Counties, and their families, various recreational activities and special events.  Some of the activities they participate in are summer day camp, bowling, shows and concerts, horseback riding, swimming, pizza parties, roller skating, movies, goalball, an annual talent show, Halloween parties, and Easter parties with a beeping Easter egg hunt. Also available is a parent support group that meets once a month.  Discussions of ideas, problems, and solutions to meet the needs of their children are addressed.

 

Transportation:

This program, first offered in 1989, provides free door-to-door transportation to CWAB®

Consumers for work, medical appointments, support group meetings and other activities when other means are not available. Transportation is provided by three 13-passenger buses and one 7-passenger mini van. In addition, taxi tickets and bus passes are available.

 

 

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