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Sight Center of Northwest Ohio: Toledo Society for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Sight Center of Northwest Ohio: Toledo Society for the Blind
1002 Garden Lake Parkway
Toledo, OH 43614
(419) 720-3937 (Local)
(419) 720-3938 (Fax)
(800) 624-8378 (Toll-Free)
http://www.sightcentertoledo.org

Brief Description

The Sight Center offers a unique blend of multi-disciplinary services that provide direct support to people of all ages and socio-economic levels. Services include: Low Vision Evaluation, Low Vision Training, Rehabilitation Teaching (Daily Living Skills training), Orientation & Mobility, Assistive Technology, Vocational Services, Information & Referral, and Social Work.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 1,200
Number of staff: 15
Geographic area served: 16 counties of Northwestern Ohio: Allen, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams, Wood, Wyandot
Publications: Newsletter/InSight, published three times a year

Staff

Stacey Butts, Interim Executive Director, (419) 720-3937 104, sbutts@sightcentertoledo.org
Jill Hunt, LSW, Social Worker/Case Manager, (419) 720-3937 114, jhunt@sightcentertoledo.org
Dani Moran, CVRT, Interim Program Director, (419) 720-3937 109, dmoran@sightcentertoledo.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Sells assistive products.
  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Braille translation services
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides computer evaluations and training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers individualized assessment, case management, and referral to appropriate counseling services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides rehabilitation evaluation and training in a variety of areas including, independent living skills and the use of adaptive aids.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral services to individuals who need connected to local, state, and national agencies that specialize in services for the visually impaired.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Offers specialized vision rehabilitation services that allow people with low vision to make the best use of their remaining vision. Offers low vision evaluation by licensed optometrist with low vision experience. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Provides independent living services to Ohioans age 55 years or older in the Sight Center's 16 county service area.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility evaluation and training in the home and in the community. Issues prescription white canes.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Early Intervention Program is directed toward children at risk for lack of ability due to visual disorders. Professionals help evaluate and review the children’s skills to determine what interventions should be made to maximize their opportunities for success as they grow and develop.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides hands-on experience for severely visually impaired and blind grade school and high school students. The students, ranging in age from five to 19 years, are transported to The Sight Center and receive training on independent living techniques
  • Information and Referral
    • Information and referral to local, state, and national agencies that specialize in services for the visually impaired.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Every summer, The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio hosts a summer camp directed to blind and visually impaired children ranging in age from five to 19. The goal of the camp is to help these children learn basic daily living skills as well as how to move about the community safely while enjoying some valuable community resources. Generally, the camp is held for one to two weeks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers regular in-service training program for universities, hospitals, interns, nursing homes, and related institutions.
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