Visually impaired man is painting.

Occupational Therapy

“Teach a Person to Fish…”

Occupations are activities people want or need to do throughout their day and life. Occupational therapy at BALANCE works alongside blind and partially-sighted people to prevent and break down barriers that get in the way of full participation and/or inclusion. You can access OT as part of individual service or in a group setting.

At BALANCE, occupational therapy (OT) can help with:

  • Making your home more accessible
  • Facilitating making decisions about how and what activities to participate in, including weighing the pros and cons
  • Promoting well-being, including your mental and physical health, through activity
  • Learning about different strategies to engage in occupation
  • Recommending assistive equipment and working with you to obtain it, including applying for funding
  • Managing vision loss in addition to other disabilities or medical conditions
  • Connecting with resources in your community related to occupation

Occupational therapy may help you by doing the following:

  • Doing a formal assessment or an informal assessment, such as a discussion of your needs or asking you to show how you currently do an activity
  • Working together to come up with a plan for making a change in how you do activities (or even try new ones!)
  • Teaching you a new skill or way of doing something and practicing it together
  • Checking in with you to see how you are progressing towards goals, and changing the plan if needed.
  • Collaborating with your other service providers at BALANCE if challenges arise
  • Being your partner in advocating for services or supports

Like all services at BALANCE, OT is client-centered and works towards self-identified activities that are important. You are the expert in your own life, while the OT is an expert in how to adapt activity, and you work together as a team to make a change.