Florida Lions

Annual Report 2001-2002

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Programs and Services

Adult Basic Education. Students are offered training in braille, typing, money management, handwriting, time management, sign language, finger spelling, and computers.

Activities of Daily Living. Students are taught functional skills such as cooking, shopping, safety, cleaning, home management, grooming/hygiene, and budgeting.

Residential Training. While living in dorm rooms, students learn how to make choices that develop social skills necessary for community living. Dorm staff provide round-the-clock supervision, teach leisure and community travel skills, and plan recreational outings.

Vocational Evaluation & Training. We evaluate students' vocational awareness, skills, and interests. Each receives one-on-one training and counseling to develop basic work skills and habits. Paid work opportunities are available through our on-site workshop.

Orientation and Mobility. We provide evaluation of travel skills; and instruction in using a sighted guide, basic protective and trailing techniques, the long cane, and public transportation including buses and cabs.

Supported Employment. Graduates receive job training to obtain competitive employment. Coaches help teach skills on-the-job, resolve job-related issues, and make visits twice a month at the workplace to assess workers' & employers' perceptions of job performance. Optional lifelong support ensures long-term success.

Supported Living. Graduates receive guidance so they can live in their own homes and take control of their lives. Coaches help persons in their homes about twice a week with everyday needs such as money management.

Community Access. Graduates learn to develop skills that help them access community resources and leisure pursuits and build social networks on their own.

Early Intervention Program. We teach skills that prepare blind and visually-impaired infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers to enter kindergarten. The program is primarily home-based, and actively involves families.

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