Inclusive, Enabling Communities

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Rivoni Society for the Blind

To the point - what we have learned while helping the blind adjust to their disability

Category: Inclusive, Enabling Communities | People with disabilities | 10 November, 2012 - 15:36

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We offer rehabilitation services to visually impaired persons of all ages in communities. We physically travel to communities to provide this service in the homes of our clients and if necessary we set-up satellite offices to provide continued support. Our rehabilitation services include orientation, mobility and daily living skills.  We would for example help our client to accept their disability, to learn how to walk with a cane, to cook, to identify money etc.  This is what we have learned in the process so far:

  • Community based rehabilitation is definitely the most effective way to assist blind people.  After the intervention our client is well adjusted to their own unique environment.
  • Most blind people, especially in rural communities are not aware of their basic rights– which is why this information should be an important part of an intervention like ours.
  • Especially in rural areas we need to be culturally sensitive and accommodating.  We need to be very clear on our purpose and speak in simple language to ensure that there are no misunderstandings.
  • While we are entering people’s homes we need to be aware and prepared for the fact that we might be confronted with a variety of daily problems impacting our client and his/her ability to adjust.
  • We need to over-budget for travel costs because we are often required to transport our client to different referral points (like hospital for example).

 

Rivoni Society for the Blind


Giyani Road, Elim Hospital, Limpopo


 (015) 556-3207/8


 www.openafrica.org/participant/rivoni-society-for-the-blind


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