Services for Seniors

Vision loss due to conditions like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and other age-related eye conditions can be a frustrating and difficult part of aging. The good news is that while it may require learning some new skills and making some adaptations, vision loss need not destroy your quality of life, your ability to live independently, or your ability to be involved in your community. Our Senior Services Unit has the tools, techniques, and training you’ll need to stay mentally and physically active and independent.

Overview

Unlike many of our other employment-related services, our senior services unit does not focus on helping people find or keep jobs. 

Instead, we offer counseling, training and referrals to help seniors find ways to adapt to changes in their vision and improve their quality of life and their ability to live independently.

Many of the people we work with have age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, or other vision-related conditions that are often a part of aging. Frequently, in addition to vision loss, our clients also face other health issues. Our goal is to help customers meet the challenges of vision loss based on their own particular needs and circumstances.

Losing some or most of your vision later in life can be frightening and overwhelming. Yet many of our clients tell us that they're re pleasantly surprised to realize how a little bit of training, some creative solutions, and perhaps some additional technology can give them both confidence and independence.

We provide services directly or through referral to community agencies. Services include:

  • Low vision aids and other adaptive devices
  • Travel skill training
  • Training in daily living skills
  • Rehabilitation counseling, referral and advocacy services
  • Access to the Radio Talking Book, a closed-circuit broadcast network for listening to readings of the local newspapers, magazines, and the latest bestselling books
  • Access to books and other print material in alternative formats through our Communication Center.

Technology to Assist You

Our Assistive and Adaptive Technology Unit develops, coordinates and provides technology services that help people on the job, in school or at home.

In addition, the unit serves as a source of information and expertise to customers, counselors, employers, state departments and others who need to know about existing assistive technology, and accessible technology software and systems, as well as technology in development.

In addition, SSB can provide Braille documents, talking books and special radio programming for people with vision loss through our Communication Center.

Contact and Request Services

For more information, please call 651-642-0870.

Or fill out our online form.

Find a Vendor

In serving our customers, SSB works with partners in the community (vendors) who can offer specialized training or expertise. For a list of SSB's currently contracted vendors, select a link below. When selecting a vendor, customers are encouraged to contact vendors to find out more information when making a decision regarding services.

For a list of vendors that have met the standards developed by SSB, select a link below.