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Center for Sight & Hearing - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Center for Sight & Hearing
PO Box 5944
8038 MacIntosh Lane
Rockford, IL 61125
(815) 332-6800 (Local)
(815) 332-6810 (Fax)
info@centerforsighthearing.org
http://www.centerforsighthearing.org/

Brief Description

The Center for Sight & Hearing is an accredited nonprofit organization that provides clinical services, rehabilitation therapy, and social activities for people who seek specialized hearing or vision care.

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Clients served on average per year: 6800
Number of staff: 21
Staff description: Audiology, Low-Vision Optometry, Optometry, Low-Vision Therapy, Vision Rehabilitation Therapy, Assistive Technology Therapy, Assistive Technology Sales, Braille and Sign Language Services.
Geographic area served: Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin Regions.
Publications: New Horizons (quarterly); Annual Report

Staff

Hina Altaf, Assistive Technology Specialist, haltaf@centerforsighthearing.org
Tom Lasley, Business Development Director, tlasley@centerforsighthearing.org
Maureen Mall, President, mmall@centerforsighthearing.org
David Powell, Clinic Director, dpowell@centerforsighthearing.org
Barbara Schlomann, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, bschlomann@centerforsighthearing.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Assist individuals in identifying and stating needs and goals and developing and implementing individual plans.
  • Assistive Products
    • Products for sale on site include magnifiers, talking watches/clocks, cooking utensils, reading and writing tools, personal and money management products, large-button phones, etc.
  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Reading material, Center brochures and information, greeting cards, and other materials.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Offers low vision screening, in-service training, sighted guide training.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers support group, rehabilitation and career counseling.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, home management, travel, money management, and communication skills at the Center or individual's homes.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides community information and resources to assist individuals with vision loss.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescription supply of low vision devices, and provision of low vision services for seniors.
  • Recreation Services
    • Holds regularly scheduled social/recreational activities for adults with a vision and hearing loss.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Provides low vision services for seniors.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers support groups for individuals who experience a vision loss.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides advice, assistance, consultation, training to individuals, professionals, employers, and family members.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers workshops, professional presentations, and in-service training to the public and personnel who work with people with vision and hearing loss.
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