Aging With Vision Loss

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Watch how to sign ‘senior’ in American Sign Language

Watch how to sign ‘blind’ in American Sign Language

Please note, DMC is no longer accepting referrals for the Los Angeles County area. 
As of 10/1/23 the following organizations will be accepting referrals for LA County:

Blindness and Low Vision Services
The Dayle McIntosh Center has been providing a wide variety of independent living services to persons with disabilities in Orange County since 1977. All programs and services are rooted in the independent living movement which promotes the belief that persons with disabilities have a right to live as independently as possible within their community.

In keeping with this philosophy, our services for the blind and visually impaired have helped thousands of seniors regain independence since 1996. We’ve continually expanded our programs, now offering comprehensive independent living services to individuals aged 18 to 54 with vision loss. These services, funded by a federal grant, are provided at no cost and focus on developing skills needed for daily activities as determined by the individual seeking support.

 DMC Team Members Socorro and Danyelle using their white canes and walking up the side ramp of DMC's building. They are both facing a sign which has DMC's logo and a bold arrow pointing to the right

Who is Eligible for Blindness and Low Vision Services

Any individual who lives in Orange County, is 18 years of age or older, and is experiencing difficulty with daily living tasks due to severe vision loss.

Please Note: Persons between the ages of 18 to 54 cannot be employed or actively receiving services from the California Department of Rehabilitation.

Referral Process

Individuals are referred to DMC to receive Blindness and Low Vision services through a variety of sources such as case managers from senior centers, other community-based organizations, diabetic educators, hospital discharge planners, medical personnel, and by word-of-mouth. Individuals may also be self-referred.

For more information about DMC’s Blindness and Low Vision Services (BLVS) call (714)621-3300 or complete the online form.    

Blindness and Low Vision Services

DMC Team Members Paul and Wendy demonstrating the use of a large print calendar. Wendy is guiding Paul’s hand to locate a date.

How Services Are Provided

Blindness and Low Vision services are provided in a wide variety of settings e.g. consumer’s home, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, community centers, small groups and the Dayle McIntosh Center.

Services Available

Adjustment Counseling/Peer Support: Helping individuals and their support network adjust to blindness through both individual and group support. This includes understanding and addressing emotions, attitudes, and values that can affect progress toward personal goals. It also involves accurately recognizing one’s strengths and limitations and rebuilding a sense of pride and self-esteem.

Adjusting to vision loss can be an emotionally difficult process. At DMC, our team includes members who have lived through similar experiences and are available for personalized support sessions with individuals and their families. Additionally, our low vision peer support groups offer a secure and confidential environment to share emotions, common challenges, and valuable resources related to vision loss.

Basic Orientation: Basic training on navigating the home environment through use of trailing techniques and human guide. Navigation outside the home should only be provided by a certified orientation and mobility instructor.

Communication Assistance: Basic training in low vision written communication aids, adaptive writing techniques, and communication devices including phones, digital recorders, smart devices, and computers. This training equips individuals with essential skills to effectively communicate and utilize technology, enhancing independence and accessibility in daily life.

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Information and Referral: Providing information about various community-based resources that promote greater independence and quality of life. Guidance is offered on understanding specific eligibility criteria, completing the application process, and implementing these resources.

Daily Living Skills: Learning adaptive techniques to handle daily tasks and manage personal matters independently. This training covers using appliances, maintaining personal hygiene, organizing at home, handling prescriptions, and reading mail.

Picture of Tactile markings on household appliances for reference point for persons with vision loss.

Tactile markings can be placed on household appliances to provide a specific point of reference for persons with vision loss.

Taking blood glucose meters to monitor Diabetes independently Aging with vision loss

Assistive Technology Devices and Services (AT): Providing basic devices and training which enable persons with vision loss to build greater independence such as talking clocks, talking blood pressure monitors, and liquid level indicators. Hands on demonstration of more complex assistive technology such as video magnifiers, screen reader software, and smart phone accessibility features is also available.

 

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Self-Advocacy: Training to improve skills in making good decisions, solving problems effectively, assessing risks and consequences, and negotiating to obtain or maintain benefits and services. Persons with vision loss can learn to self-advocate when presented with barriers related to health care, reasonable accommodations, and disability rights.

Supportive Services: Connection to services in the community such as mobility training, ACCESS, Dial-A-Ride, personal care or In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) via referrals and assistance with completing forms or applications.

DMC Team Member Jeanne and the participants at Laguna Woods Vision Club all smiling after a wonderful peer support conversation.)

Blind/Low-Vision Support Groups facilitated by DMC

Orange County Low Vision Peer Group

This group occurs every second Wednesday of the month from 1:30 PM to 3 PM.  

This group is for individuals 55 and older who are a part of the OIB program. The group is held virtually via the unlimited conference line. The call information is below:

Phone Number: (800) 941-1840

Participant code: 861304#

Laguna Woods Vision Club

Third Wednesday of each month, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Laguna Woods Clubhouse Three

Jeanne Bray, ILS Instructor

(714)620-9129

RSVP required

Participants will join this in-person group to learn how to navigate the world with low vision and will be enriched by sharing with each other the unique challenges of low vision and strategies for creating the highest quality of life.

Regents Point Low Vision Support Group

Second Tuesday of each month, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Regents Point Fellowship Hall

Jeanne Bray, ILS Instructor

(714)620-9129

RSVP required

Participants will join this in-person group to learn how to navigate the world with low vision and will be enriched by sharing with each other the unique challenges of low vision and strategies for creating the highest quality of life.

To download the program flyer of Blind/Low-Vision Services please CLICK HERE

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