OBVS Services at WTC

OBVS at WTC provides evaluation and training  and case management services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired to help them live and work as independently as possible.
 

Orientation and Mobility

We evaluate your ability to travel in and around the WTC safely and independently. We observe how effectively you are able to travel using any residual vision, low vision aids, mobility cane and/or guide dogs. We may make recommendations for orientation and mobility training in and around the community or place of employment.
 

Communications

We evaluate your ability to read mail, complete job applications, and write and read recipes using materials in appropriate formats such as large print, Braille and electronic format.  Our training may include instruction in large/standard print and magnification. Students also learn keyboarding skills and learn to type in preparation for further assessments and/or computer-related training.
 

Household Arts/Daily Living

We evaluate your ability to care for home and personal needs. Our training may include instruction in telling time, money identification, dressing, sewing, laundering, cooking, cleaning and grooming.  Recommendations for further training are made based on your needs, skills and abilities.
 

Adjustment to Blindness for Life & Employment (​ABLE)

The ABLE Program is designed to provide individuals with blindness/low vision the opportunity to develop basic adjustment to blindness skills.  This program will allow participants to develop and maintain independent living skills and work readiness skills in preparation for employment.  Participants will have the opportunity to interact and share concerns and solutions with other program participants with vision loss.  This is an eight-week program operating four days per week, Monday through Thursday. Instructional hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  ABLE will be conducted two times per year, in the fall and in the spring

Job Squad

Job Squad is an eight-week job seeking skills and employee development program. You will be expected to treat Job Squad like a job: appropriate dress, behavior, attendance, participation, active job searching and completion of assignments, is required.

Career Life Planning

Career Life Planning is a four-week program designed to determine if working is right for you. The program allows for self-guided assessments of skills, knowledge, abilities, strengths and weaknesses, and job readiness, as well as exploration of career choices. This discovery process will help you determine your interests and make a commitment to achieving employment or alternate life goals, as well as those steps necessary to achieve the desired path.

People crossing a street. A man uses a white cane, a woman has guide dog, the third walks with them, a fourth observes.
Consumers report that the Orientation and Mobility training changes how they see the future:
"I was really scared...
but I've learned a lot."
DORS Consumer Carl Brown and Glenda Weber examine the leaves on a large palm plant.

In ABLE'S Low-Vision Support Group participants socialize and practice living skills through a variety of activities. At the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens staffer Glenda Weber how differences in climate determine the types of the plants found there.

A woman ironing a shirt. She is wearing dark glasses and a white cane leans against the wall nearby.

In Household Arts/Daily Living we evaluate your ability to care for home and personal needs.

Two men sitting at a table talking. One man wears dark glasses. A white board on the wall behind them has the words 'Job Squad'.

Job Squad includes: instruction, speakers on specific topics, job search activities, work at computers equipped with JAWS and ZoomText software, and mock interviews. Job Squad participants are encouraged to seek volunteer positions in order to gain work experience.

Two met sitting at a table talking; one of the men wears dark glasses.

Career Life Planning can help you determine your interests and make a commitment to achieving employment or alternate life goals.