Assessment and Rehabilitation

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Our professionally qualified assessment and rehabilitation officers can help you adjust to losing your sight.

Following an assessment of need, they will teach you new skills or enhance old ones to enable you to stay independent at home or in the community. They can also offer advice and guidance on equipment and assistive technology that may be of benefit to you.

This could involve simple changes, such as lighting or magnification, advice on kitchen safety, such as pouring, chopping and peeling and using the cooker, or techniques to help with reading / writing or using the telephone. They can also provide training to help you travel independently and work with you to learn new routes, use public transport and the use of canes.

Our assessment and rehabilitation team will:

  • Visit you to chat about the problems you are experiencing due to your sight loss
  • Let you know about the support and services available from Vista
  • Teach you skills for being independent at home and out in the community
  • Teach you how to enhance your skills, such as preparing food  / cooking and also travelling independently through mobility training
  • Provide communication advice for large print, Braille and audio formats to ensure you can access your own mail and personal information

This is a service for individuals who are registered as Severely Sighted or Partially Sighted. However support may still be available if you are not registered – please contact our Helpline for more information.

Information days

Vista offers a couple of information days, which are held periodically throughout the year. 

These sessions are:

Personal experiences of sight loss – particularly useful for people who have recently been diagnosed as having a visual impairment - this gives you the opportunity to meet other people to chat about how you are feeling/coping, how other people have managed to overcome problems and listen to other visual impaired people who have had a visual impairment for many years. Family members are welcome to join the group

Guide Dogs – if you would like to learn more about ownership of a guide dog, what it entails, how you get one, what you have to do first then this session will be useful to you. The session is co run with Vista staff and the Guide Dog for the Blind association and you will have the opportunity to have a quick assessment and a trial run with a fully trained guide dog

To register your interest in a session, please call Rebecca Scott on 0116 249 8874. 

Find out more

For more information, please contact one of our team below.

Case studies

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The equipment has opened up a new world for me, and the knowledge Brian has given me is invaluable.

Dylan was diagnosed at fourteen years old with Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy. She was very unfamiliar with technology, but was too afraid to try anything new.

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It felt amazing to be able to drive, I’d rate the experience 1,000 stars.

Cameron, 12, was born with sight loss and his vision is very limited. He said “I’d like if I could see a bit better, because I can sometimes do things on my own but sometimes I need help.”

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