Deaf-Blind Program

The Deaf-Blind Program provides training, resources and support to persons who are both vision- and hearing-impaired. The goal of the program is to ensure that deaf-blind individuals have access to information and the skills needed to live independent and productive lives.

Programs and Services

Independent Living Skills Training

Training in activities of daily living is critical for deaf-blind individuals to maintain independence. Training includes meal preparation; shopping skills; labeling and organization skills and systems in the home and at work; and examples of how accessible technology can be of use in daily activities.

Orientation and Mobility Training

Upon referral, LightHouse Orientation and Mobility instructors provide training to enhance an individual’s ability to travel independently and safely in their community.

Employment Access Program

This program for deaf-blind clients of the California Department of  Rehabilitation assists individuals in developing skills to find and retain employment.

The following areas are covered:

  • Pre-vocational Skills Assessment
    Each program participant receives an assessment of his/her skills in activities of daily living, communication, job-readiness and access technology in order to determine what training would assist the participant in obtaining employment.
  • Communication Skills Training
    Includes training on a variety of specialized tools and systems, such as FM and other assistive-listening devices; tactile communication, such as Print on Palm and Tactile American Sign Language; telecommunication systems and assistive technology; and recruiting and working with certified interpreters and with Support Service Providers (SSP)