The Independent Living Program assists non-working adults ages 18 and up when visual impairment impacts their ability to function.
Interested participants must complete an application and provide a report from their eye doctor regarding their visual impairment. Applications can be obtained by visiting or calling the CVI office.
Classes are conducted in a group or on an individual basis. They are usually 1 day per week and generally last 13 weeks. Classes are scheduled in all four counties.
An important component of the program is the support group for alumni which meets monthly. These meetings provide a vital social outlet among peers where alumni can express frustrations and share success stories.
Another element is the “Friends of CVI Luncheon” an outreach and community event alternating monthly between Volusia and Brevard counties. Alumni are encouraged to attend and the event hosts speakers and entertainment. A meal ticket costs $15 and is the only expense.
The Independent Living Program focuses on the following areas:
Orientation & Mobility: Trains participants on how to travel safely within their community. Includes sighted guide training and introduction to white cane use.
Personal Management: Teaches home organization, tactile and audio labeling and financial management (including currency identification). Provides training on safe household appliance operation and dining and meal preparation.
Communication Skills: Provides IPhone, IPad and computer training and instruction on adaptive equipment such as “Talking Typing” software or any software the student chooses.
Community Information & Referrals: Provides information on social programs, services, benefits and additional community agency referrals.
Low Vision Training: Presents information on eye health, treatment and conditions. Instructs on use of lighting, magnification and scan and read devices.
Recreation & Leisure: Provides information on area sports such as blind golf, goal ball, beep ball, rowing and more.
Self Advocacy: Provides training on how to have needs met in an appropriate, effective manner as one adjusts to vision loss. Includes role playing and instruction on practical social skills.