Over the next several weeks we are going to walk you through one of our MAB Mini Center Groups.The Mini Center program is an 8-week course that meets once a week for a few hours.This program is provided to clients who are in the initial stages of sight loss (or have had a recent change in sight) and gives an overview and various resources which highlight the areas of the Vision Rehabilitation Services provided by MAB. Some of the topics that are presented to the group include but are not limited to: adaptive kitchen skills, personal communication, medication management, assistive technology, telephone services, support groups, personal finances management and recreational resources. Mini Center gives clients an opportunity to learn adaptive techniques and put them in place in their everyday living situations so they can remain independent.
We have decided to give you a small glimpse at what Mini Center is all about by highlighting topics in each session.Not only is there education, but the participants typically form a bond that allows them to have friendship and a safe place to talk with other people facing similar issues each day.Oh and there are always snacks!
The current group is a feisty bunch that likes to laugh and share right off the bat which always makes teaching more fun.At the start of class the group very quickly connected with a couple of jokes and then one of the teachers, Sarah Milledge, got everyone on point to start the lesson.After introductions, we turned our attention to Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Heather Couch, to hear about different canes, O&M training, and transportation.One of the Mini Center participants told us he has been using a cane for 7 years and considers it his eyes.He said his cane gives him a little bit of independence.Oh and by the way did you know under North Carolina State Law blind pedestrians or people accompanied by a guide dog have the right of way?
At any street, road or highway crossing or intersection, where the movement of traffic is not regulated by a traffic officer or by traffic‑control signals, any blind or partially blind pedestrian shall be entitled to the right‑of‑way at such crossing or intersection, if such blind or partially blind pedestrian shall extend before him at arm's length a cane white in color or white tipped with red, or if such person is accompanied by a guide dog. Upon receiving such a signal, all vehicles at or approaching such intersection or crossing shall come to a full stop, leaving a clear lane through which such pedestrian may pass, and such vehicle shall remain stationary until such blind or partially blind pedestrian has completed the passage of such crossing or intersection. At any street, road or highway crossing or intersection, where the movement of traffic is regulated by traffic‑control signals, blind or partially blind pedestrians shall be entitled to the right‑of‑way if such person having such cane or accompanied by a guide dog shall be partly across such crossing or intersection at the time the traffic‑control signals change, and all vehicles shall stop and remain stationary until such pedestrian has completed passage across the intersection or crossing.http://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/H...
Stay tuned for more Mini Center insight…