Innovation for the Blind – (a programme of Badisa)
Innovation for the Blind (previously Institute for the Blind), situated in the Care Capital town of South Africa, Worcester, is a non-profit organisation that has been catering to the all-inclusive, specialised needs of visually impaired adults since 1881. Our mission is to empower adults with visual impairments through training, development, and care to experience quality of life and reach maximal levels of independence, and to offer specialised care and support to older persons.
Innovation for the Blind: Services offered to the public
Low vision: Low vision is the term used to describe significant visual impairment that can’t be corrected fully with glasses, contact lenses, medication, or eye surgery. SERVICE: Low vision Group Presentation
A demonstration of low vision assistive devices and a discussion on the needs of people with partial sight as well as people who support or work with people with vision loss. SERVICE: Assessments of individual needs
A personal assessment of the needs of a person with partial sight is done. Advice is available regarding assistive devices for the individual and his or her employers or family.
Innovation for the Blind: Services offered to our residents
Care facilities: We offer specialised residential care and supported living apartments to persons with visual and additional impairments in facilities that provide reasonable accommodation specifically adapted to their needs.
Therapeutical: At Innovation for the Blind, we offer various therapeutic services to our visually impaired and multi-disabled residents. These programmes are seen as therapeutic as they allow residents to develop and explore their individual talents.
Skills development: Our organisation continuously explores new innovative and economically viable opportunities in aid of our core focus on caring for persons with visual and additional impairments.
Orientation & Mobility: Orientation and Mobility, or O&M, is a profession that focuses on instructing individuals who are blind or visually impaired with safe and effective travel through their environment.
Resource Centre: A centre where persons who are blind, deafblind, and those with additional disabilities can receive training and mentorship, but more importantly, be given the opportunity to conduct the training and mentorship themselves.