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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Maj. Charles R. Soltes, Jr., O.D. Blind Rehabilitation Center - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Maj. Charles R. Soltes, Jr., O.D. Blind Rehabilitation Center
VA Long Beach Health Care System
5901 East 7th Street
Building 166
Long Beach, CA 90822
(562) 826-8000 6037 (Local)

Brief Description

This organization serves U.S. Veterans and active duty personnel.

Clients served on average per year: 135
Number of staff: 28
Staff description: Low vision specialist, social worker, O&M instructors, rehabilitation teachers, psychologist, manual skills instructors, computer access training instructors and specialist, recreation therapist. Allied staff: Optometrist, optometry students and residents, audiologists, Kineseotherapists, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Geographic area served: Southern California and Southern Nevada

Staff

Anthony Candela, Director

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer access training.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Veterans learn adaptive skills for self-care, home maintenance, meal preparation and other daily living activities.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Following comprehensive evaluation, Veterans are provided and trained to use various optical aids that may help in making optimum use of remaining vision.
  • Recreation Services
    • Recreation therapy activites, including community outings,are provided to improve and enrich independence and quality of life.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Orientation and mobility training is offered to promote safe and independent travel in a variety of travel environents. Related programs include advanced wayfinding and power mobility training.
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