Our Independence Training Program (ITP) is designed for blind adults (18 years of age and older). Typically students complete the program in six to nine months while residing in nearby McGeorge Mountain Terrace apartments, which are owned by the Center. Participants not only build the skills that they need to be independent, but also focus on gaining confidence and belief in themselves as blind people.
A key part of ITP training involves the use of sleepshades. All students with residual vision wear sleepshades to strengthen reliance on other senses and use of alternative skills. This builds confidence in their ability to approach all life situations.
ITP Core Classes Include:
Other classes are also integral to our program, including:
In addition, a number of classes are offered on a regular and/or rotating basis, such as art, martial arts, career exploration and resume writing, College Prep and organizational skills.
Graduation from the Center’s Independence Program is celebrated with a graduation meal prepared by the student for Center students and staff as well as invited friends and family. At the end of the meal, the student receives his or her Freedom Bell, signifying their newly acquired independence.