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AFBAmerican Foundation®
for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

Oak Hill - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Oak Hill
120 Holcomb Street
Hartford, CT 06112
(860) 242-2274 (Local)
(860) 242-3103 (Fax)
info@ciboakhill.org
http://www.ciboakhill.org/

Brief Description

Operates satellite programs throughout the state. Classrooms are located in public school buildings with opportunity for integration with non-disabled peers throughout the school day.

Oak Hill program participants are empowered to achieve self-sufficiency. Oak Hill continues its commitment to people whose primary disability is blindness through the development of independent housing opportunities, community supports, and the vocational center.

Hours of operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Geographic area served: Unlimited area served.
Publications: Making It Happen (newsletter).

Staff

Patrick Johnson, President, johnsonp@ciboakhill.org
Ana Wittig, Vice President of Education, (860) 224-6841, wittiga@ciboakhill.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Directories, menus, newsletters, brochures and catalogues.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides assistance in the use of assistive technology.
  • Counseling
    • Does social casework and offers social and rehabilitation guidance.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training with emphasis on daily living skills, personal management, behavior management, and leisure time activities.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides supported employment in community.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers age-appropriate activities utilizing community facilities, summer camp on shores of Long Island Sound, and greenhouse program for elderly people. Provides overall plans of service (OPs) for each adult.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Specialized assessments such as functional vision, learning media, orientation and mobility, and assistive technology assessments.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Sponsorship and participation in programs and activities in the community to reach out and assist children and their families.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Training in use of computers and appropriate assistive technology.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Training in adaptive self-care skills, such as grooming and money identification.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Oak Hill is a private provider of birth-to-three services, a program offered by the State of Connecticut. Birth-to-three services are designed to help familes of children under the age of three with disabilities or delays in areas such as sitting, walking, talking, speech, language, cognition, motor skills, dressing, bathing, toileting and social skills.
  • Education Services
    • Oak Hill School is a private special education program licensed by the Connecticut Department of Education. It serves students with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities in pre-k through high school, and offers curriculum to students as old as 21.

      Provides Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for each student and other services related to the education of blind and visually impaired children and young adults.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Transition services, career and skill counseling, prevocational evaluation, career preparation training, and vocational placement.
  • Information and Referral
    • General information and resources about blindness and visual impairment, including referrals to sources of other information and services.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Oak Hill offers three camps, specifically designed for children with physical and intellectual disabilities. The camps, located in Waterford and West Hartford, are packed with outdoor activities such as biking, swimming, hiking and boating. Each one is set in a beautiful natural location with easily accessible amenities.
  • Support for Parents
    • Training and workshops for parents and support services, such as in-home visits, respite care, and referrals to appropriate agencies for services.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers initial and ongoing training for all direct care staff, professionals, and paraprofessionals coordinated by full-time staff development specialist.
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