Visual Impairment Program
– Adults

Adult with her guide dog in the metro

Clientele:

Persons 18 to 64 years of age with a vision loss.

Services offered:

  • Assessment of functional vision, visual skills training and ocular health assessment as determined by a specialized optometric evaluation and equipment.
  • Psychosocial support and counseling for the client and significant other
  • Assessment and training for autonomy in activities of daily living
  • Assessment and training in orientation and mobility
  • Assessment and training in communication skills
  • Assessment and training in the use of technical and adapted computer aids
  • Promote and support for integration into the workplace and community

A multidisciplinary team of professionals,from he following disciplines, working in collaboration with the client/parents/family:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Social Work
  • Special Care Counseling
  • Vision Rehabilitation

Types of interventions:

  • Individual interventions
  • Individual, couple and family counseling
  • Group interventions

Services are offered:

  • At the MAB site
  • In the person’s environment (home, school, workplace)
  • At one of our two satellite offices:
    • Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital, Laval
    • West Island CSSS, Pointe-Claire

Other services and partnerships:

  • Braille Book Lending Library
  • Services for Assistive Technology: Vision Impairment
  • Technical Aids Boutique
  • Employment Service
  • Partnerships and referrals to community resources

To access services:

  • To be eligible for services, a person must have a specific diagnosis related to vision impairment and report persistent and significant difficulties in executing life habits, as a result of the vision impairment.
  • Eligibility for the RAMQ funding program for aids and devices requires that a client have a visual acuity in the better eye after correction of <20/70 or <6/21, or whose visual field in each eye is less than 60° in the 180° or 90° meridians after correction with the appropriate ophthalmic lenses.
  • The referring source must include a copy of a recent eye report (<1 year) as well as any other pertinent medical and professional reports (Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Optometry, etc.) along with the Request for Services form (DSIE) for professionals working within the Ministry of Health and Social Services Network or the inter-establishment referral form.
  • All documents must be sent to Admissions.

Referral for services can be made by the individual, the family or a member of the community.

To make a request for services:
Service de l'accueil, évaluation, orientation (AEO)



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