E.A.R.S. for Eyes
WHO ARE WE
E.A.R.S. is a nonprofit public charity. We provide, free of charge, audio lessons that teach adaptive daily living skills to the vision impaired and their caregivers. The lessons, modeled after current vision rehabilitation techniques, are a must for anyone coping with loss of eyesight. We are committed to teaching, each of the 1 out of 6 seniors who have developed limited vision, the skills necessary to continue living their lives with confidence and dignity.
WHAT IS LOW VISION REHABILITATION?
Quite simply, it's learning practical techniques to overcome the limitations of vision loss. It provides solutions for safely moving about, making the most of available light and contrasting color, and using your sense of touch to replace information your eyes used to provide. It enables you to continue to live independently. By listening to E.A.R.S. audio lessons you'll learn many new ways to successfully continue to do everyday activities when you have reduced vision.
HOW E.A.R.S. WORKS
Just call our toll free telephone number. You'll talk with a vision counselor who will determine which lessons are appropriate for you to begin with. The lessons are designed for use in the privacy of your home. Within a week you'll receive free of charge your first lessons. We do not require any designation of legal blindness, and your call is strictly confidential.
YOUR INDEPENDENCE IS OUR GOAL
With the onset of declining vision comes the need to relearn how to do many daily activities. By listening to E.A.R.S. lessons, you'll hear uncomplicated, straight-forward ways to help you do the things made difficult by low vision. Personal grooming, doing the laundry, dialing the telephone, can once again become simple, enjoyable events. You can maintain your independence and E.A.R.S. is here to tell you how, right in your own home, with low vision rehabilitation training.
The subjects covered by our curriculum of 13 audio lessons have been chosen to provide instruction in the fundamental areas of daily living skills and mobility. They specifically target those issues that most often impact independent living and the quality of life for adults with vision impairments, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and other diseases affecting the retina.
Four of the lessons teach adaptive skills that are used in the kitchen and in the preparation of food. The ability to get around both in the house and when going out is covered by two mobility lessons. Personal care is the subject of three tapes that cover personal grooming, doing the laundry, and managing medications. One of the lessons teaches techniques which help avoid embarrassment when dining with others and another lesson delivers practical advice on using the telephone. Additionally, the introductory lesson will always accompany the first lesson that is sent to a new client. This introduction explains how to most effectively utilize the lessons. Each lesson is designed to "stand alone" and there is no progressive order or sequence to the lessons. An individual can choose the subject areas that are the most troublesome and order only those lessons, skipping those areas that are not problematic.
For more information about E.A.R.S. please visit us at E.A.R.S. for Eyes