"Focus" on Vision and Vision Loss
The “Focus"  website is a resource of the MCB/DDS Partnership Project for Orientation & Mobility/Low Vision Services, a cooperative effort between the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
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 Video and Printable Resources


Video only:

http://carroll.org/video-tutorials/lets-walk-together  (click link to access video)

Video and Printable Resources:

http://www.mass.gov/dds/visionloss (click link to access resources)

This 23-minute video describes the human guide technique (also known as sighted guide).  Throughout the video you will see people using the technique or variations of the technique, in everyday situations including: Doorways, Narrow Spaces, and Crowded Areas -- Stairs, Steps and Ramps -- Uneven Surfaces -- Seating at a Table and a Couch -- Getting Into and Out of a Car and Van

Take a Look: Printable resources summarizing key points of the Human Guide technique are available on the DDS Blindness and Vision Impairment website http://www.mass.gov/dds/visionloss (click Training Resources).

Also Available: To request a free DVD of the complete “Let’s Walk Together” video please email Lisa.DiBonaventura@state.ma.us .

This video was made possible through the support of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) in collaboration with: Emerson College, Shriver Clinical Services, andThe Carroll Center for the Blind

Eye Care Providers:

New England Eye Southeastern MA is now open in East Bridgewater!  Call 617-680-8447  to schedule an appointment today and/or download the attached for more information about this specialty clinic for individuals with intellectual disability and New England Eye’s collaboration with DDS, the New England College of Optometry and Shriver Clinical Services.

DDS Vision Care Guidelines for Individuals with Intellectual Disability:

  • Eye Examination: ALL, including those with legal or total blindness, should be under an active vision care plan and eye examination schedule based on recommendations from an eye specialist (ophthalmologist or optometrist).  Refer to eye specialist if new ocular signs and/or symptoms develop, including changes in vision/behavior.  Annual comprehensive eye exam for patients with diabetes.
  • Glaucoma Assessment:  Glaucoma assessment at least once by age 22.  Follow up eye exam every 2-3 years until age 39, every 1-2 years thereafter.  More frequent eye exams for higher risk patients per vision care plan.
  • Preventative Health Screening Recommendations 

National Eye Institute / May 2014 / Healthy Vision Resources: http://www.nei.nih.gov/hvm/