Independent living skills enable visually impaired persons to achieve their optimum level of independence. They include self-care skills like eating, dressing, bathing, toileting and grooming. They also include other skills such as, home management, cleaning, shopping, laundry, money management, medication management, etc. Teaching independent living skills is a process that begins at birth for a blind child and continues throughout life. For an adult who loses vision later in life, the goals are to help the individual live as independently as possible. Individuals with visual impairment can overcome the obstacles to blindness with support and learning skills to compensate for vision loss. Even if they cannot live independently, being independent in self-care will take some of burden off the caregivers as well as help visually impaired individuals to feel a sense of dignity. Thus. Independent living services is often the most important goal for a child or adult with a disability. Achieving happiness and self-sufficiency in life for visually impaired persons of all ages is our goal and learning the skills to take care of oneself is a critical component of our services.
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