Summer Orientation Program Details
Below are the descriptions for our classes. The first three: Activities for Daily Living, Discussion, and Orientation and Mobility, are required. You may choose from the other classes that you would like to take. Every effort will be put forth to provide students with their desired classes, but we may not be able to accommodate all requests as some classes will fill up or have limits to the number of students who can take them.
CLASS / COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
ACTIVITIES for DAILY LIVING (ADL): Required. This class is designed to address a wide range of every day problems. Students will discuss and work on money management, budgeting, cleaning, laundry, house organization, time management, personal grooming, cooking, eating, and many other activities. Students are asked to bring problems they are having with any activity during their daily routine to this class. Handwriting skills will be covered and an advanced class is available for 2nd year students.
DISCUSSION: Required. Students gather in groups of 3 or more to discuss, with a facilitator, any and all problems which they encounter in coping with the loss of sight. This class will encourage students to advocate for themselves, tackle problems on their own, and work on coping with the changes happening in their lives. This class can also be described as a peer help class. First time students must take this class and repeat students are utilized to bring their own experiences to help encourage the new students.
ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY (O&M): Required. A mobility specialist will work with you in cane travel, covering all areas. Instruction will be on streets, both business and residential, in buildings with elevators and stairs, and in areas where the student is having trouble navigating. Students will also be given instruction in safety techniques to lessen the chance of injury when moving. Lessons will be tailored to each individual's needs regarding utilization of residual vision.
BRAILLE: Instruction in functional Braille, including the basics of writing and reading. Braille is useful in marking/labeling items for identification, communicating, and reading. Many activities can be made easier with some level of Braille comprehension.
COMPUTERS: This class will introduce students to a computer screen reader, screen magnification, and illustrate how a computer might be useful in the daily routine of the student. This class will help students understand computers, but it is not designed to make students completely literate on computers. Instruction is given on both Windows/Microsoft and on Apple systems. The student must know how to type and use a standard typing keyboard.
SMART TECHNOLOGY: This class will give instruction to students on how to use their own smart phones or tablets using either an Apple or Android operating system. Students must bring their own phones or tablets.
COOKING: This class is not designed to teach students how to cook, but rather how to do it safely and efficiently. Students can learn to cook in this class but the emphasis is given to safety in the kitchen. Different adaptive techniques and skills will be taught as well as easy and nutritious recipes. If you have a favorite recipe, bring it so we can learn how to make it and share with others. This class, held off campus, is a 2-hour class.
CRAFTS: Crafts class, similar to sewing and woodworking, will help you learn new crafts or modify the ways that you did crafts before sight loss so that you can do them again. Completed projects are yours to keep.
EXERCISE: Class is designed to exercise the mind as well as the body. This is a moderate aerobic program, where students do not need to do any activity that they do not feel comfortable doing. Some light stretching and exercise is incorporated into relaxation therapy and stress management. This class will teach students some exercises that can be done at home without endangering oneself. It is a lot of fun and students are encouraged to take this class to overcome the tension of the program and the sitting in classes all day long. This class is during first period of the day only.
LOW-VISION EQUIPMENT: This class is designed to help students with "low vision" use adaptive equipment to fully utilize whatever vision they may currently have. Equipment is available to use during the program and sources are provided if students wish to purchase such items to use at home. The instructor will also work with students on their penmanship skills. Students will be introduced to different writing aides, such as guides, paper, and pens to make writing easier.
SEWING: This class is similar to crafts, encouraging students to use fingers and limbs as well as take one's mind off of problems. It also introduces students to adaptive equipment that may be useful in activities and hobbies. This class will also assist students in handling an activity that may be useful in working on a daily activity. Students make items that are theirs to keep at the end of the program.
WOOD WORKING: Students are instructed in the use of wood working tools such as power saws and lathes. Projects are completed such as bookends and other useful items. This class is limited due to the space and amount of equipment. This class, held off campus, is a 2-hour class.