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Vision Loss Resources - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Vision Loss Resources
1936 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 871-2222 (Local)
(612) 872-0189 (Fax)
(612) 331-2234 (TDD/TTY)
info@vlrw.org
http://www.visionlossresources.org

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Clients served on average per year: 1200
Number of staff: 24
Geographic area served: Rehabilitation services: Minnesota. Community services: nine-county metropolitan area.
Publications: "The Way We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss" (2014) a professionally edited compilation of writings by people living with vision loss. Available on our website in paperback, audiobook, and ebook formats; and available through BARD (book number DBC02631). "Points of View," a bimonthly newsletter available in print and on our website.

Locations

216 South Wabasha Street
St. Paul, MN 55107

Staff

Susan Anderson, Lead, Community Services, (612) 871-2222
Kate Grathwol, President/CEO, (612) 871-2222
Linda Guzman, Director of Contract Production Services, (612) 871-2222
Mauricio Lopez, Controller, (612) 871-2222
Kelly McCrary, Lead, Rehabilitation Program, (612) 871-2222

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • An initial assessment is a comprehensive, professional evaluation to identify your needs, develop a service plan, and provide information on community resources. Recommendations on lighting and adaptive equipment
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • All clients are encouraged to take Grade 1 Braille where they learn the letters of the alphabet, punctuation and how to label items in their home. Students wishing to use Braille to meet reading needs will go to learn Grade 2 Braille.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Our specialists visit communities, from assisted living facilities to professional groups, to present education and information about living with vision loss, being a caregiver to people with vision loss, and more.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Whether you use a phone, smartphone, tablet, home computer, or e-reader, our specialists will meet with you to learn how to make the most of your device. We will explore programs and applications such as text-to-speech programs, screen magnification programs, and "personal assistant" apps, and we will explore how to confidently navigate web browsers, word processing and spreadsheet applications, and more.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Vision Loss Resources provides training in the use of technology, activities of daily living, recreation, fitness, calculator, keyboard, computer skills, and much more. Classes are offered at our Minneapolis location and throughout the community.
  • Recreation Services
    • Vision Loss Resources offers a monthly program of social, recreational, and educational opportunities, from knitting group to supper club, from cultural field trips to book club.
  • Support Groups
    • Vision Loss Resources facilitates support groups for seniors at convenient locations throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. We also pair clients with a peer mentor: a volunteer who also has vision loss and who can help you through the grief and loss that sometimes accompany vision loss. A peer mentor is also a valuable resource for ideas and information about community resources.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Clients receive extensive and comprehensive training to be confident, safe and independent travelers. Clients will learn to cross streets safely and use public transportation in addition to learning problem-solving skills and information gathering. Proficiency in this program is an excellent foundation for those interested in a guide dog.
  • Volunteer Services
    • Vision Loss Resources recruits, trains and places volunteers who provide a variety of services, including reading assistance, shopping assistance, and support for participants and staff at educational and recreational events.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Vision Loss Resources' trained professional staff visit workplaces to inform and train employees. We also offer internship training in orientation and mobility, rehabilitation, and other fields.
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