The Low Vision Skills: Putting It All Together course is composed of essential topics recommended for all participants who are new to low vision. Adults 55 and older, in addition to adult clients being served by the California Department of Rehabilitation, are invited to participate in a six-session course geared towards learning about their changes in vision. Participants will learn practical ways to maximize successful, independent living skills in work, school, and daily living environments. The course is divided into six lessons over three weeks: a 2.5-hour introductory lesson with a Low Vision Optometrist, Social Worker, and two Certified Low Vision Therapists, followed by five, 2.5-hour lessons which will include practical skills taught by the Certified Low Vision Therapists. It is a comprehensive skills training distance course introducing participants to foundational low vision concepts, skills, and current technologies for maximizing successful, independent daily living skills. After the six-session course, participants can expect to feel more confident in using their vision and making changes in their environment for independent daily living skills. Thereafter, participants can be eligible for individualized Low Vision Therapy lessons. The classes will be taught via Zoom Video Conferencing, best viewed on a tablet, laptop, or computer (phone is not recommended for participation in this course due to small screen size for viewing class materials and resource options) at the following dates and times (Pacific Standard Time):
Week 1: Monday, August 2 and Wednesday, August 4 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Week 2: Monday, August 9 and Wednesday, August 11 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Week 3: Monday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 18 – 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
This course is free for adults 55 and over, who are not receiving services from the California Department of Rehabilitation, and who are living in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity. However, there is a $40.00 materials fee for the 55 and older participants. For those adults living outside the noted counties, the course is $150.00, plus $40.00 materials fee.
Please RSVP by Monday, July 12 to receive class materials in time for the first class on Monday, August 2. To register please contact Debbie Bacon at 415-694-7357 or Low Vision Occupational Therapist, Gina di Grazia at firstname.lastname@example.org The class is limited to ten students; once the class limit is reached, all other students will be placed on a waitlist for the next available class (date TBA).