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Life Skills – Living with Blindness or Sight-Impairment

This page will assist you in locating organizations which provide life skills training that will enable you to live independently and confidently as a person who is blind or sight-impaired. In addition to visiting the web sites of the organizations listed below, be sure to visit our Instructional & Demonstration Videos page to view the instructional life skill videos that are available on-line.

  • American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) ​is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB’s priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.​

  • The Braille Institute of America​ offers a wide array of services designed to help people with vision loss lead enriched and fulfilling lives. A leader in the field since 1919, Braille Institute provides on-site services at five Regional Centers as well as more than 350 Community Outreach locations throughout Southern California.​

  • At CNIB, they can help you maximize your remaining vision and manage any type of vision loss. They can also help with counselling and support, and show you how you can continue to do the things that matter most to you and enjoy a good quality of life. For more information visit CNIB​ or call toll-free 1-866-659-1843.​

  • Living Skills Centre for the Visually Impaired​ provides its students with training in daily living skills, orientation and mobility, financial management, adaptive technology, pre-vocational skills and recreation.​

  • ​Welcome to VisionAWARE​, a “Self-Help for Vision Loss” web site that provides free, practical, hands-on information to enhance quality of life and independence for adults with vision loss, their families and friends, caregivers, and vision professionals.

    At VisionAWARE, they understand that losing your vision can be a difficult, emotional, and life-changing experience that affects you and everyone around you – spouses, family members, children, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. ​​

​​Whether you’re totally blind, have low vision , or simply have trouble seeing from time to time, it’s important to realize you’re not alone. At least 6.5 million American adults experience vision problems and many don’t know where to turn for help or information.​