OASIS program marks 30th anniversary (photo gallery)

OASIS, the department’s program serving older Alabamians with vision loss, celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Oct. 17 meeting of the OASIS Advisory Council. The program began in 1987 with funding from a competitive grant and has served more than 30,000 people since its inception, 1,044 of them in FY16. The program is nationally recognizedContinue reading “OASIS program marks 30th anniversary (photo gallery)”

Older Alabamians learn IL skills at Camp SAVI (photo gallery)

Seven seniors with visual impairments are attending Camp SAVI (seniors adjusting to visual impairments) at E.H. Gentry in Talladega this week. The camp, in its seventh year, teaches skills that help the participants remain independent in their homes. The program also features sessions to educate the relatives of the seniors about issues faced by peopleContinue reading “Older Alabamians learn IL skills at Camp SAVI (photo gallery)”

Camp teaches IL skills to seniors with vision loss (video, photo gallery)

Eight seniors with visual impairments attended the sixth edition of Camp SAVI (seniors adjusting to visual impairments) at E.H. Gentry Technical Facility in Talladega last week. Held each spring, the camp teaches skills to help participants remain independent in their homes. The program also features sessions to educate the relatives of the seniors about issues facedContinue reading “Camp teaches IL skills to seniors with vision loss (video, photo gallery)”

Camp helps older Alabamians adapt to vision loss

  The fifth edition of Camp SAVI (Seniors Adapting to Vision Impairments) is being held this week in Talladega. The weeklong camp – sponsored by the department’s OASIS program, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, and E.H. Gentry Technical Facility – teaches independent living skills to older Alabamians with vision loss. This session’s eightContinue reading “Camp helps older Alabamians adapt to vision loss”

Technology Symposium highlights latest in technology for visually impaired

The 2015 Technology Symposium – “Gaining the Edge: Assistive Technology for Education, Employment, and Entertainment” – was held Jan. 23 at E.H. Gentry Technical Facility in Talladega. Sponsored by ADRS, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB), and the Alabama School for the Blind Alumni Association, the free, one-day event featured hands-on access toContinue reading “Technology Symposium highlights latest in technology for visually impaired”

Camp teaches ‘SAVI’ seniors independent living skills

It’s no secret that vision loss among older Alabamians is common and can have a dramatic effect on daily life and independence. Camp SAVI (seniors adjusting to visual impairments) seeks to restore that lost confidence by teaching independent living skills to older Alabamians with vision loss. The five-day camp, now in its fourth year, was launched in MayContinue reading “Camp teaches ‘SAVI’ seniors independent living skills”