This is important is because in the past the CO Division of Vocational Rehabilitation had services available, but restructured and cut some of those services, making it harder and more expensive for people with visual impairment who are not currently job-seeking with DVR to access O & M training needed to remain independent. Private services are cost prohibitive.
We’ve raised some money and contracted with an Orientation and Mobility Specialist – this is a uniquely trained person w/ Master’s degree and years of experience – and started offering those skill-building trainings to people in the community at no charge to consumer.
It’s blooming. Six months ago we had a few people tapping their canes, today we have 18 people getting trained, and that’s just one aspect of our robust Beyond Vision program that provides services to assist people with visual impairment or blindness in maintaining their independence.
To find out more about our Beyond Vision program and O & M trainings, visit our Beyond Vision page.