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SECTION 405: ADJUSTMENT SERVICES FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PROCEDURES

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REVISED: 10/22/10

I. SERVICE PROVISION

Social Workers for the Blind are responsible for planning and providing Adjustment Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. As Case Manager, the Social Worker for the Blind is responsible for assessing each consumer's skills and abilities to determine his/her readiness for services. This Assessment will measure the consumer's emotional and physical adjustment to blindness or visual impairment.

The Social Worker for the Blind is responsible for the direct provision of basic services and basic skills training. A listing of these services and skill areas is located in item A.1 below. If the consumer requires extensive consumer-worker skills training over an extended period of time, the Social Worker for the Blind will refer the consumer to one or more Resource Specialists to expedite skills training to meet the demands of daily living. A comprehensive explanation of basic and extensive services, along with case illustrations, is contained in Section 300: Case Process for Social Workers for the Blind.

For Social Workers for the Blind, Adjustment Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired incorporate the planning and service delivery functions involved with the service as well as the overall responsibilities of their Case Manager role.

This service is provided to every consumer receiving Independent Living Services and is always given through direct provision by the Social Worker for the Blind. The service may be provided in conjunction with one or more other independent living services funded through Social Services Block Grant.

A. Service Areas

1. Skills Development to Meet Demands of Daily Living

The Social Worker for the Blind is responsible for providing basic services and basic skills training in areas such as, but not limited to:

a. Grooming skills, such as:

  • Separation and matching of clothing

  • Personal hygiene

  • Organization of personal items

  • Labeling of articles and clothing with Braille labels or other identification method

b. Homemaking skills, such as:

  • Use of special cleaning techniques for home and clothing

  • Use of laundry and cleaning equipment

  • Cooking and service meals

  • Care of yards and entry ways to promote general health and safety

c. Personal skills, such as:

  • Time telling

  • Money identification

d. Communication skills, such as:

2. Skills Development through Group Services

Adjustment Services that enhance skills development for the consumer’s adjustment to and acceptance of his/her visual limitations through the participation in camping, recreational and/or group learning programs.

The following group services are available and are arranged for the consumer by the Social Worker for the Blind:

II. RESOURCES FOR SKILLS TRAINING

The following resources may be provided, as agency funds permit, when necessary to enable a consumer to participate in Adjustment Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. When the consumer's Service Plan includes such items, the Social Worker for the Blind will investigate all community resources that may pay for or otherwise provide these services/resource items. These local resources include the consumer's and/or his family's ability to pay for such items.

B. Low Vision Evaluation by Nursing Eye Care Consultant

C. Braille Production

III. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

A. Case Recording Requirements

The worker will use Code 360 to document consumer's receipt of Adjustment Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Refer to section 320 in this Manual for case recording requirements.

B. Documentation in Electronic Services System

Refer to ESS Manual and computer terminal screens for electronic reporting requirements.

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