Vision Impairment Services at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center - AFB Directory Profile
Vision Impairment Services at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center
Vision Impairment Services
460 Ninth Avenue
Smyrna, TN 37167-2010
(615) 459-6811 (Local)
The Tennessee Rehabilitation Center (TRC) at Smyrna is a state-operated, comprehensive rehabilitation facility and is one of only eight such facilities in the nation. Services are provided on campus and the majority of clients live on campus in residential living units while receiving services. The length of programs of services offered at TRC varies depending upon the individual client's interests, abilities, and needs. All program participants must be eligible clients of the Division of Rehabilitation Services.
The Vision Impairment Services unit at TRC provides comprehensive, individualized evaluation and instruction in the alternative techniques and aids that a person who is blind or visually impaired might use to be independent on the job and at home. Areas include:
•Adaptive Communication Skills: Handwriting; recording devices; telephone usage; typing; note taking; basic job seeking skills
•Adaptive Kitchen Skills: All phases of safe meal preparation, including use of the oven and stovetop
•Basic Education: Basic math, spelling, and reading; identifying and organizing money; telling time; preparing for the GED; college preparation; acquiring Tennessee Business Enterprises skills
•Braille: Reading and writing uncontracted and contracted braille
•Home and Personal Management: Cleaning, managing money, doing laundry, sewing, and hygiene
•Low Vision: Comprehensive, functional low vision evaluation to explore magnifiers, monoculars, filters, and CCTVs (electronic magnifiers)
•Orientation and Mobility: Traveling safely and independently indoors and outdoors
•Transitional Skills: Setting goals; investigating career options; evaluating interests and abilities; advanced job seeking skills; writing resumes and cover letters; completing applications; learning interviewing techniques; job shadowing and mentoring opportunities; acquiring housing and transportation; planning leisure activities; accessing community resources; the ADA as it relates to employment; Social Security work incentives
•Assistive Technology: Adaptations for accessing a computer, including the use of screen readers and/or magnification software
•Computer Training: Microsoft Office, email, internet
•College Prep: note- and test-taking skills, talking to professors, learning about the ADA in relation to education and accommodations
•Tennessee Business Enterprises Pre-requisites: acquiring skills needed for entry to the Tennessee Business Enterprises (TBE) blind vendors program, which is Tennessee's blind vending program operating under the federal Randolph Sheppard Act
•Self-Employment: exploring self-employment options and meeting the criteria of the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation Self-Employment Policy
•One Day Assessments: A one day assessment can be scheduled in any area.
•Outpatient/Mobile Services: Orientation and mobility; job site assessments; home assessments; computer delivery and set up
Hours of operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The center is only closed during the weeks of the July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays.
Clients served on average per year: TRC has about 165 students campus-wide at any given time and serves hundreds of total clients annual
Number of staff: Approximately 135 total staff center-wide, 7 staff in VIS unit
Staff description: VIS staff train adult students (ages 18 and up) who are blind or visually impaired in a center-based environment. Staff includes a Supervisor who is Master-certified in Career Planning and Placement for Youth (with Disabilities) in Transition, five Rehabilitation Instructors for the Blind, and an ACVREP-certified O&M specialist.
Geographic area served: Tennessee
Publications: The Eagle's View newsletter is available online at http://tn.gov/humanserv/rehab/trc.html
Karen Carothers, Superintendent, (615) 459-6811, Karen.Carothers@state.tn.us
Gale Demick, Director, (615) 459-6811 246, Gale.Demick@state.tn.us
Services for Adults
- Evaluations available as part of various training programs.
- Offers psychological testing and evaluation and individual/group counseling.
- Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
- Provides training in daily living and communication skills, assistive technology, low vision, adaptive kitchen skills, home and personal management, and orientation and mobility. Offers programs in basic education and adult continuing education.
- Employment/Job Training
- Provides vocational evaluation, training in job-seeking skills, and counseling
- Low Vision Services
- Provides functional low vision assessments.
- Recreation Services
- Offers recreational therapy and a variety of activities including community outings, bowling, and arts/crafts.
- Travel/Orientation and Mobility
- Provides orientation and mobility training.
Services for Children
- Braille and Reading Instruction
- Offers braille instruction.