Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The Case Manager makes appropriate referrals to state and local agencies to ensure services are provided based on that consumer’s individual needs
Assists consumers with filling out forms and applications, locating appropriate housing, and advocating for consumer rights in the area of blindness and vision loss.
The Case Manager counsels the consumer on how to adapt to vision loss and maintain an active/independent life. Consumers are also counseled in the areas of daily living skills and problem solving.
Computer Lab/Computer Training
One-on-one computer training is provided in the lab using adaptive hardware and software. Our staff help consumers determine which assistive devices and software will meet their needs at home or at work. Staff are available to provide demonstrations and training on adaptive technology devices and equipment for the blind or visually impaired.
Phone training is provided either in small groups or individually. The instructor tailors the instruction to the needs of the student, and can recommend changes in settings and apps to make the iPhone meet the needs of the individual student.
Minor Tech Support
Staff are available for technical support for minor computer and printer problems, software installation, and software updates.
Low Vision Center
Offers blind/visually impaired individuals the opportunity to evaluate and receive training with low vision devices. Magnifiers and low vision aids are available for demonstration. These devices are designed to promote independence in activities such as reading mail and medicine labels, watching TV, playing games, and working. Please call for an appointment.
The Visually Impaired Persons Support (VIPS) group meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Helen Keller Library 511 North Main St. Tuscumbia, AL 35674 from 10:30-noon. The group offers information, informative speakers, and mutual support for persons with vision problems.
The Shoals Regional Center maintains a small consumer store with items often needed by people with vision loss. Items include talking watches, talking blood pressure cuffs, talking clocks and timers, bump dots, a variety of kitchen items, white canes, and large print items. We are currently unable to take credit cards, but will gladly accept checks or cash.
Descriptive Video Service
The Shoals Regional Center houses a small library of descriptive video (VHS) movies. Consumers may borrow up to two videos at a time for 7 days. Call for information on movie titles.
Our lending library is available to the public. Items for loan include large print books, audio books and cassettes, and assistive devices for those who are visually impaired.
Regional Center staff can provide Braille translation and embossing for individuals and organizations. We request that you allow at least one week for embossing services.
An important mission of AIDB is to provide educational programs for schools, churches, businesses and public service agencies. Programs include a wide variety of topics that emphasize the strengths of Blind and Visually Impaired people and raise awareness of issues affecting this community.