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Services for blind individuals who have an additional disability began in 1979 in Florida with the establishment of the Conklin Center. Our facility is designed to provide blind people who have an additional disability, the highest quality and most meaningful training possible. Our residential program for individuals who are multi-handicapped and blind provides a specialized environment that caters to their unique needs. Training involves intensive daily instruction in a variety of areas such as Daily Living, Assistive Technology, Orientation & Mobility, Adult Basic Education (budgeting & money management), Job Readiness and Job Placement as well as socialization skills.
The residential facility is a 27,000 square foot building located on 7 acres in Daytona Beach. The building consists of a dormitory with 16 rooms and 3 one-bedroom apartments. The nursing station is located within the dorm and nurses are staffed to address any medical needs of the students. Classrooms consist of a training kitchen, job simulation area, classrooms, exercise room with a Peloton Bicycle, technology lab commercial kitchen, beautiful outdoor patios and a large dining area. The grounds are beautiful with a waterfall, nature trails, gardens and plenty of room for students to enjoy the outdoors.
For many students who have never lived on their own, dorm life is very exciting. Our dorm staff and nursing staff ensure that the students engage in healthy and meaningful social activities after classes. Students meet each week to develop their calendar of events that they would like to engage in during the evening hours. Nurses are on staff to ensure students can manage any health issues that arise.
Training begins with a thorough assessments that may take 2-12 weeks. Once completed students are often invited to participate in a training program individually designed for them to include:
Activities of Daily Living
Adult Basic Education (managing finances)
Orientation and Mobility
Work based learning experiences.
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