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Kent Association for the Blind

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Help to manage sight loss - rehabilitation
Our specialist teams around the region provide a range of services to help thousands of visually impaired people of all ages to be independent, safe and mobile.  Support includes mobility training, help to learn new skills for daily living, specialist equipment, advice and much more. We provide these rehabilitation services on behalf of Kent County Council, Medway Council and the London Borough of Bromley, and KAB provides lots of complementary services that run alongside.

Eye Clinic Liaison Officers - ECLOs
ECLOs provide support to people in hospital eye clinics. It is in these clinics that people often receive the bad news that there’s nothing more that can be done – medically at least – to help their sight loss. This can be a traumatic time, and ECLOs are there to provide on-the-spot emotional support, and practical advice about the range of help that KAB and others can provide. They can make sure people get access to the help they need, as soon as they need it. No-one should leave an eye clinic in despair; an ECLO can help make sure this doesn’t happen.

Leisure and social support
KAB has a network of more than 40 local clubs and groups across the region. The clubs provide leisure activities, social support and act as a safety net for many isolated and elderly blind people.

Work with deafblind people
Our Guide Communicator Service provides one-to-one support for people with dual sensory impairment. They provide guiding and communication support that enables people to do everyday tasks for themselves, such as dealing with correspondence, shopping, attending appointments and accessing their local community.

Intervenor Service
KAB's Intervenor Service provides one-to-one support to people with profound visual and hearing impairments and who may also have additional disabilities. Our Intervenors teach new communication systems, encourage the acquisition and development of new skills and enable people to benefit from social experiences.

Sight Support Service
The service is available throughout Kent, Medway and Bromley. We provide trained one-to-one enablers, to support sight impaired people to achieve their highest level of independence, helping to reduce isolation and risk.

Training
We run a range of courses in Understanding Sensory Impairment and Assistive Technology: everything from short two hour courses to a full day’s accredited training through Open College Network (OCN).

Talking Newspapers
We provide free talking newspapers to hundreds of sight impaired people across the county every week. The majority of our listeners are in their 80s and 90s, and many live alone. Talking News helps them to keep in touch with what’s happening in their community.

Transcription
We help local companies and organisations to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act, by making their information accessible to sight impaired people. We offer transcription into audio, Braille, or large print formats, as well as giving advice on producing accessible material.

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