Our Programs:
Facilitating Life Skills

Navigating the Physical World

ASB’s Life Skills classes are designed to develop and strengthen your abilities to navigate, communicate, and engage more fully in everyday life with the goal of maximizing your safety and enjoyment. Our sequence of life skills courses helps you build knowledge and confidence as you progress at your own pace, proceeding from one level to the next. Each class focuses on specific goals and skill sets. You will learn from our instructors and volunteers as well as your peers.

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Instructors with first-hand experience

Several of our instructors teach from their own experience of adapting to blindness and low vision. They bring this knowledge into the classes they lead, whether in adapting how you access technology, refining your practical life skills, or building a peer support network.

Orientation & Mobility Training (O&M)

These classes help you gain the sense of freedom that traveling with a white cane can provide. O&M classes provide one-on-one instruction with our skilled trainers as well as exercises with your peers, building skills and techniques you can use at home, out in the community, or at work. You will learn ways to increase awareness of your surroundings, which provide the cues and information you need when you are on-the-go. You will also learn how to navigate the regional public transportation system so you can travel where and when you want.

“ASB provides some of the best mobility instruction I’ve ever had. The trainers helped me learn to use my ears to navigate the city, go with the flow of the traffic, and cross the streets with confidence.”
—ASB client Eric Coleman

Life Skills Courses I and II

Life Skills Courses I and II provide opportunities for advancing skill levels at your own pace. Each goal-oriented course focuses on specific skill-building. As you achieve success in one area, you can progress through the sequence of classes based on your abilities and interests. In the classroom, workshops, and one-on-one tutorials in the community, you will have the support to expand and experiment with how to approach the tasks of day-to-day living. A central component of these courses is practicing in real-life environments.

  • Life Skills I: Develop strategies for daily living such as household organization and labeling methods; time and calendar management; personal safety; and self care.
  • Life Skills II: Gain confidence with additional strategies for activities such as grocery shopping, meal preparation, and housework, all while avoiding injuries and accidents.

As part of Life Skills, we work with community partners who share their expert advice with class participants. For instance, Jefferson College of Pharmacy faculty members provide tips and recommendations on medication organization. These guest instructors also help you make sense of food labels and learn how ingredients can affect your health.

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