Mission: Our mission is to teach independent living skills, computer and adaptive technology, and to provide vocational training, and employment-related services to people who are blind or visually impaired so they can achieve maximum independence.
Programs: The older blind program is designed for blind and visually impaired adults 55 or older whose goals do not include future employment. The primary goal of this program is helping the older blind to maintain or improve their ability to remain independent, return to a full role in the family, participate in the community, address personal needs and goals through specific training in one or more of the following areas: orientation & mobility - training in safe and independent travel; independent living skills - techniques for money management, household maintenance, personal grooming, record keeping, organization, and medication management; access technology - computers and other technology that make things accessible to the blind including word processing, e-mail, and the internet.
vocational rehabilitation program - provides instruction to blind and visually impaired individuals who desire to become or remain employed. Instruction includes: employability skills including resume writing; interviewing techniques; job search methods; orientation and mobility skills, computers and technology and activities of daily living.
transition program - a program for youth ages 14 through 21 that is offered year-round after school and on weekends plus as an intensive summer program for planning post-high school life. Training includes: college preparation and/or job readiness skills; safe indoor and outdoor travel skills; cooking and self-care techniques; use of various assistive technology including the use of computers and other devices; polite social interaction and self-advocacy; guidance in understanding vocational interests and values, and actual on-the-job experiences.
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Independence for the Blind of West Florida has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC). NAC is the only accrediting body that solely focuses on standards and best practices for blind and low vision services with the consumer in mind. Independence for the Blind of West Florida has demonstrated that it meets or exceeds the standards set by NAC for delivery of blind and low vision services. The determination for accreditation is a rigorous process that involves self-examination by the organization, an on-site peer review to verify processes and procedures by a team of professionals serving in the field and a review of the findings by the NAC Accreditation Committee. NAC congratulates Independence for the Blind of West Florida on its accredited status.