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Skills for Everyday Life

Adaptive daily living skills and techniques are used by vision impaired people to remain independent in their homes and access community activities and resources.

A BALANCE Independent Living Skills specialist or Occupational Therapist provides instruction in home and personal management, selection and use of assistive technology, activities of daily living and leisure, indoor orientation skills and communication techniques to develop self advocacy skills.

Some of the skills and techniques that may be taught to develop and maintain independence

Personal Management

  • Personal care such as grooming, hygiene, adaptive eating techniques
  • Medical management of personal medications, medical appointments
  • Selection, care, maintenance of clothing
  • Money identification, budgeting, record keeping

Home Management

  • Laundry techniques, clothing selection, care and organization
  • Housekeeping skills
  • Planning, preparation, of meals, food storage and kitchen safety techniques
  • Identification, organization and labelling of kitchen and household items

Communication Skills and Adaptive or Mainstream Technologies

  • Use of electronic devices such as pen friend, magnification devices, recording/reading devices
  • Use of mainstream technologies like the smartphone, or Voice recognition machines such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home
  • Use of signature guides
  • Braille literacy

Healthy Living

  • Learn indoor Orientation & Mobility, Sighted Guide Techniques and personal protection skills
  • Access health living resources such as recreational, educational and retail facilities
  • Research and access community programs and resources

Self Advocacy

  • Create and use shopping lists
  • Independently access public transportation, plan trips and routes
  • Develop effective interpersonal communication skills

Instruction is based on the individual’s assessment, evaluation, and Individual Program Plan. To find out more about ILS instruction and assistance, please email info@balancefba.org or call (416) 236-1796.

Most services and programs at BALANCE are offered at no charge. The cost of these services and programs is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, through the Toronto Central LHIN. From time to time, a group program (such as our Yoga program) will have a charge associated to help offset costs; for the most part, these costs are defrayed through donations, or in any way we can.