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Life Skills

diane vision loss resources client and ambassadorGuest post by Diane, a Vision Loss Resources client, ambassador and founding member of the Centennial Book project

Do you feel as though you have lost some of your skills along with your vision loss?  Vision Loss Resources is happy to help you with that.

Do you like to knit or crochet?  Would you like to learn how to weave beautiful baskets?  Or make beaded jewelry?  Vision Loss Resources has classes for crafters.  

Having trouble cooking and working in the kitchen?  Vision Loss Resources has cooking classes and general living skill classes that teach you a new way of doing things…whether you have low vision or no vision.   

Are you a guy or a woman who likes woodworking?  You can do that at Vision Loss Resources as part of the Rehabilitation program.  I have a visually impaired girlfriend who just made herself a high-top table with two high chairs for her small kitchen. 

My name is Diane, and I am speaking to you as a volunteer, as well as a client of Vision Loss Resources. I am a person with vision loss.  I have been partially blind since birth, as I inherited a degenerative retinal disease by the name of Retinitis Pigmentosa.

You can go through a blind rehabilitation course at Vision Loss Resources if you choose.  If you just want to learn about the computer, or you feel that it’s time to enjoy the advantages of using a white cane, you can learn that as well.  

There are community education classes offered every month.  Just pick one out that piques your interest. If you are a movie buff, Vision Loss Resources offers an audio-described movie once a month and there is book club, if you like to read. 

Read, you say? They will tell you how you can get a talking book recorder, or a cartridge player.  With one of these, you can listen to books. 

I was never much of a reader because the eye strain would take its toll, and I would just fall asleep.  Now I can read just about anything I want, with my ears.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  Oh, and by the way, the books come free to us from the Minnesota Library for the Blind.  Who knew? 

If you like dining out, well, we do that too.  Join us at Supper Club, or the Lunch Bunch, and occasionally we enjoy some Fine Dining.

Everyone needs a good laugh now and then.  We do a lot of that at Game Day. With the help of just one sighted volunteer, playing word games is easy and often hilarious! 

Here is one more idea to consider.  If you like helping people and you have some free time on your hands, new volunteers are always welcome at Vision Loss Resources

Now…are you curious? 

Good.  See you at Vision Loss Resources!

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One Response to Life Skills

  1. Gary Paschall September 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I loved VLR when I was there I learned so much I had to look at how i did things differently all in all it was a good experience.

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