Daily Living Training

Overview

Managing your home can be a challenge when you have vision loss. What’s the safest way to chop vegetables? How do you deal with spills? How do you handle the mail? How do you know you’re pouring from the right container—did you grab a gallon of juice or a bottle of bleach? You’ll find the answers to these questions and so much more during your daily living training at Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB).

Your HKSB instructors will show you how to manage your home safely and efficiently. From cooking and cleaning to budgeting and paying the bills, you’ll acquire the skills you need to live as independently as possible.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Use adaptive equipment and techniques to cook.
  • Plan menus and take advantage of online grocery-delivery services.
  • Create a budget and pay your bills.
  • Put your home in order with labeling, food storage and clothing organization systems.
  • Clean and maintain your space.
  • Handle personal grooming tasks.
  • Do your laundry.
  • Utilize helpful apps on your smartphone.
  • Communicate more effectively.
Woman stands at counter with cutting board in front of her. A knife and a block of cheese are on cutting board. A timer with large-print numbers, a stove top and a refrigerator are visible on the right.

Hands-on Learning

At HKSB, you’ll receive practical, hands-on training designed to give you the tools to tackle real world situations. Every lesson is designed to give you as realistic an experience as possible. Learning by doing will enable you to identify potential problems and develop strategies that will work for you on a daily basis.

During your training, you’ll explore adaptive equipment and resources, including:

  • Large-button phones
  • Large-face clocks and vibrating alarm clocks
  • Talking watches
  • Signature guides
  • Tactual markers and other labeling mechanisms
  • Signal-alerting systems
  • E-readers
  • Recorders
  • Braille and large-print materials
Man and woman sitting at table. Man is holding a device; woman is pointing at the device and speaking.

Admissions

Proof of legal blindness is required for admission. Services are free if you if you meet the eligibility requirements and participate in a NYS Commission for the Blind rehabilitation program. Certain optical aids and adaptive equipment are provided based on economic need.

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