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What are impatient blind rehabilitation centers?

Impatient blind rehabilitation centers offer short-term (around two weeks) rehabilitation for blinded veterans. These centers offer comfortable overnight stays for active duty personnel and veterans who are visually impaired and in need of lodging.

Veterans and active duty personnel who come to impatient blind rehabilitation centers must be able to do activities of daily living (ADL) and live independently, including the ability to administer medication to self.

While there, the veterans receive training in living with low vision as well as learn more about communication and computer use. Some of the communication tools offered to blinded veterans at the impatient blind rehabilitation centers include typing, telling time, managing a checkbook and finances, learning to read Braille, and using recording devices and other electronic equipment. 

With these up-to-date skills, the veteran or active duty personnel can continue to communicate with others and keep up with important correspondence and current events.

The emphasis at the two-week training program is on “learning by doing.” The hands-on activities are taught and then modeled by the blind or visually impaired attendees. By the end of the program, the veterans feel more independent and have a better handle on how to perform daily living tasks.

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