Many people who lose their sight feel that they are unable to do the things they previously did. They may stop taking part in hobbies, meeting friends or employment. Before stopping anything, Visibility supports people to look at whether there is a different way of doing the things they enjoy. Sometimes this is developing new skills or building on skills that they already have.
We learn and develop skills throughout our lives you are never too young or too old. Visibility has worked with someone in their 90’s through the New View project so although some people may have a “can’t do” attitude, many more think “try and stop me!”
- Reading Skills New View Project
- Scanning and Mobility Skills Sealladh Project
- Mobility and Echolocation Skills BMobile Project
- New Hobbies Go Active Project
- Training for Professionals
The New View project is for people with central vision loss who retain a degree of peripheral vision (mainly but not exclusively people with macular degeneration) and who wish to regain some functional reading ability.
We train people, with the aid of magnification, to use their peripheral vision to read. This technique is called Eccentric Reading and was developed in Sweden and America. People who have been involved in the training have found it exciting to develop this new skill. It does require concentration and can be a little tiring at the beginning, but the results are worth it. Training sessions usually last 45minutes to one hour and can be at Visibility's office or a local venue. You can learn the skill in four to eight sessions.
If you are interested in learning how to train others in this technique, visit our Training page.
For more information phone 0141 332 4632 and ask for Liz
Visibility’s Sealladh project is for people who have acquired a brain injury, which may have been caused by an injury, viral infection, stroke, tumour or action in the armed forces. Research suggests there is a common link between sight loss and head injury. Often people that have acquired a brain injury may not be aware that their sight could have been affected, or perhaps they are aware of the visual loss but require professional support to understand their visual changes. It is estimated that 80% of people who have a stroke and a large proportion of people who have an acquired brain injury will have an undiagnosed or diagnosed neurological sight loss. People who experience neurological sight difficulties often present with the following behaviours:
- · inability to see one side of their surroundings
- · bumping into objects or people on one side
- · difficulty locating objects which seem obvious to others
- · ignoring food on one side of a plate or shaving only one side of the face
- · seeing double or objects appearing to be hazy or blurred
- · difficulty moving through crowded areas
- · suffering from increased glare sensitivity or difficulty making out detail in dimly lit situations
- · changes in reading ability
- · getting lost in familiar environments
- · difficulty in recognising objects or faces
Sealladh uses compensatory scanning training to assess the person’s visual abilities. Once Visibility has carried out an initial assessment, we will work with the person to develop a training rehabilitation programme. The programme will train the service user to use systematic static scanning technique. These techniques can be used in the home and can lead on to further development of communication skills, independent living skills as well as indoor and outdoor mobility. The technique enables people to scan regularly to avoid daily collisions; it eliminates the dangers of crossing the road and unsystematic visual searching.
For more information phone 0141 332 4632 and ask for Laura or David.
Many children and adults who are visually impaired receive mobility training from social work or education. These skills are with them for the rest of their lives and are the key to independence. Visibility has frequently been told that some people lose confidence in their skills, wish to develop them further or stretch them in more challenging environments. It is not always easy to get further training and if this is the case, the BMobile Project may be of interest.
BMobile can provide mobility and echolocation training to children and adults who have already received mobility training through their local authority. They may want to take part in walking the West Highland way with friends, have a new job in a unknown area, be heading to university in the west of
If you have not had mobility training and wish to purchase this service direct from Visibility, or want to learn more please call us on 0141 332 4632 and ask for Sharon, Jamie or Laura.
What is mobility and echolocation training?
Mobility training teaches someone the skills and means necessary to travel safely and independently. This training will be tailored to suit the individual and will utilise a variety of techniques in order to use the person’s senses to their best advantage. These techniques could be compensatory scanning to maintain a full visual field, tracking and identifying signals and landmarks to aid orientation, echolocation and advanced long cane training.
This mobility training aims to be greatly beneficial in improving confidence and maintaining independence allowing our service users to lead a full and varied life and be socially active.
Echolocation training uses the echoes which bounce off our environment to give a person an image of their surroundings. By using a discreet click, the person can differentiate between gaps in buildings or parked cars, find corners of the rooms and get a picture of their surroundings.
Visibility runs a series of activities from more exerting ones like cycling and hill walking to more gentle ones like arts and crafts and guitar playing. Visit our Go Activities page to find out if there is anything of interest