Vista Center is committed to communicating our mission, and how we can help all individuals in our service area who are experiencing vision loss, through a comprehensive community outreach program. Community Outreach includes presentations and educational events targeted to specific groups, including:
- Medical referral sources, including MD's, OD's and medical groups
- Community centers and civic organizations
- Health fairs
- Senior residences
- Vista Center open house events and low vision expos
- Corporate employee presentations
If you are interested in arranging for a presentation or materials to be sent to your organization, please contact Alice McGrath at 650-858-0202 extension 130
Vista Center can customize trainings for your work group to learn the skills and strategies for effectively working with individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, 20.6 million American adults age 18 and older reported experiencing significant vision loss. This number is expected to increase dramatically in the years ahead. Individuals are living longer and, therefore, are more likely to experience age-related eye diseases that impact vision, such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Many organizations, including senior care facilities, senior living communities, universities, hospitals and other service providers, seek our assistance to educate and train staff whose work may include people who are blind or visually impaired. We develop and deliver customized training to equip your staff with the competence and understanding to best meet the needs of low vision patients or clients you serve. We will customize the workshop to your needs, including providing printed material for future reference.
Some of the workshop content may include:
The Human Guide Experience
A practical, experiential module specifically designed for staff who has a high level of interaction with people who are blind or vision impaired, and who may have to safely guide them between locations. This segment provides participants with:
- Information about what to do when they meet a person with vision impairment
- The experience of being guided under blindfold and then guiding another person who is under blindfold
- The opportunity to discuss the difficulties or challenges associated with guiding a person with vision loss
- A practical demonstration of correct techniques for simple and safe sighted guiding
An Insight into Vision Loss
This module is designed to provide information, experiences and training for a range of staff who work with blind or vision impaired clients. Through a combination of interactive activities, discussion and presentation, you will experience the challenges associated with undertaking daily tasks that most of us take for granted.
- The experience of undertaking daily tasks with impaired vision
- The opportunity to discuss the difficulties or challenges associated with the tasks
- Vision loss statistics
- Explain how vision is measured
- Information about the common causes of vision loss
Essential Communication Strategies
This interactive module will provide participants with practical strategies and techniques for communicating effectively with those who are blind or visually impaired.
Appropriate techniques for communication including verbal, non-verbal, print and electronic communication
- Practical strategies using principles of Bigger, Bolder, Brighter and Being Organized in Communication
- The eating without vision experience and techniques for providing a better social experience
- Strategies to maximize use of any remaining vision for communication
- Group discussion to assist participants in applying learned skills to their environment.
Strategies for Coping with Significant Vision Loss
This interactive workshop presents the unique stages of coping and adapting to significant vision loss. Participants will learn about the programs and services as provided by an agency for the blind that help those who have experienced significant vision loss cope with the changes and learn about how to bring back aspects of their lives once thought lost due to changes in vision.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your staff training needs,and these fee-based modules, please contact Alice McGrath, Community Relations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650 858 0202, ext. 130. Alice is an accomplished speaker with over 25 years of experience working with small and large groups, both in a workshop setting as well as presenting at conferences. Alice brings a unique perspective to these workshops, being a blind professional who learned how to not only cope with significant vision loss, but how to thrive and achieve a high quality of life.
100% of recent participants rated the workshop as very useful to them in performing their jobs. Noted below are several participant comments:
“Doctors need to have this workshop too.”
“Allows office to better assist patients with low vision.”
“Very informative and a must in healthcare!”
Janice – ophthalmic technician
“Let’s do it again!”
Vera – COA tech
“Learning that unfamiliar territory increases anxiety.”
“Very detailed oriented. Lots of good tips.”
“Tips on how to help patients that are struggling with independence and might not want assistance.”
“Understanding how low vision patient feels when they come in to a new environment and always be aware of their needs.”
Sarah - Technician