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Skills Base

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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

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.

Evaluation and learner's stories

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

Let's Get Digital

We live in a digital world and mobile technology is transforming the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted. Using technology can help you to keep in touch with friends and family and it can also help you remain independent, for example assisting with travel and shopping. However, many people with sight loss are missing out because they can find technology confusing and can be overwhelmed by the choice. ‘Let’s Get Digital’ supports people with sight loss to get to grips with technology. We let you try out various devices to find out what suits you best.

Lets Get Digital offers people with visual impairments information and hands-on, practical training in the use of digital technology.  Hands-on training sessions, using a range of digital devices, we show you how you can use mobile technology to assist with daily activities such as reading, shopping, travel, managing finances and keeping in touch. As part of the training, we go out into real life situations, such as an internet café so as you can practice your new skills. The emphasis is on enjoyment, developing skills and sharing experiences.

We will be running information sessions in community settings so that you can come along and meet the team and discover if the training is right for you. For those who are at the early stages of developing their technology skills, a six week course is on offer and for those who have some knowledge a more focussed course of four weeks duration on a particular topic or piece of equipment is also available. Equipment will be provided or you can bring your own to the sessions.

For more information phone 0141 332 4632 and ask for Rae, Jamie or Sarah.or email technology@visibility.org.uk

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Scanning and Mobility Skills – Sealladh Project

photograph of gentleman undergoing NVT assessment

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:

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.

Read more on Training and the impact it has on individuals and their families.

For more information phone 0141 332 4632 and ask for Laura or David.

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New Hobbies – Go Active Project

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    

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