Independent Living for Under 55

What services are available?

Training & Counseling

Learn non-visual ways of doing things such as cane travel, telling time, reading, cooking and so much more. Continuing with activities which were important to you before vision loss promotes a positive attitude and can help you regain your self-confidence. Rehabilitation teaching and counseling are provided individually, at home in all parts of Nebraska and in group training programs where participants learn from each other as well as from our staff.

Information & Referral

Ask us for information about blindness, the services we offer or other resources. We can also provide speakers for your meetings.

 

To learn more about vision problems and how to continue active living despite them, contact the office nearest you:

4600 Valley Road, Suite 100 
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510-4844 
Telephone: (402) 471-2891 
Fax: (402) 471-3009 
Toll Free Number: (877) 809-2419

620 East 25th Street STE 1
Kearney, Nebraska 68847-0657
Telephone: (308) 865-5441 
Fax: (308) 865-5440 
Toll Free Number: (877) 809-2419

200 South Silber 
North Platte, Nebraska 691014298 
Telephone: (308) 535-8170 
Fax: (308) 535-8054 
Toll Free Number: (877) 809-2419

1313 Farnam on-the-Mall 
Omaha, Nebraska 68102-1822 
Telephone: (402) 595-2041 
Fax: (402) 595-1008 
Toll Free Number: (877) 809-2419

214 North 7th Street, Suite 11 
Norfolk, Nebraska 68701-4083 
Telephone: (402) 370-3436 
Fax: (402) 370-3508 
Toll Free Number: (877) 809-2419

505A Broadway STE 700
Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361-3515
Telephone: (308) 632-1304 
Fax: (308) 633-1554 
Toll Free Number: (877) 809-2419

 

Helpful hints for people with vision loss

  • You can distinguish coins by feeling the rim with your fingernail. The penny and nickel are smooth, the dime and quarter have ridges.
  • Paper money can be folded in a way you will remember. You can leave your ones unfolded, fold the five dollar bills in half lengthwise, fold your tens in half the short way and fold your twenty dollar bills in thirds. Use a system that works for you. Be imaginative.
  • Dial the phone by feel. On push-button phones the top row is always 1 - 2 - 3, the second row is 4 - 5 - 6, and so on. The rotary dial is easy too. Feel where the 1 and 0 are, then count around the dial to the numbers you need. You don't have to see the phone to make a call. With a little practice you'll dial quickly and easily.
  • A simple cardboard template with windows cut out can fit over your bank checks allowing you to feel where to write the date, amount, etc. You can keep your records in large print with a black marker or on a cassette tape.
  • Cooking can be done by listening, using a timer, feeling the "doneness" with a fork and learning the settings of the dials by feel.
  • To tell time you can use a Braille watch, or simply remove the cover of an ordinary clock, allowing you to feel where the hands are. Talking clocks and watches are also available.
  • Using a long white cane, you can walk safely and confidently regardless of lighting conditions or your amount of vision.
  • If you can't see faces clearly, listen. Usually, you can identify people by their voice, step or other individual characteristic.
  • These and other alternative techniques can be learned with practice and a little patience. Our staff is available to help you develop ways of doing daily tasks with ease.

There Is No Charge For Services. Give Us a Call!  

Carol Jenkins
Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired 
Deputy Director for Services
4600 Valley Road, Suite 100 
Lincoln, NE 68510-4844 
(402) 471-2891 
Fax: (402) 471-1194
Toll Free Number: (877) 809-2419

 

The services of this agency are available to all Nebraskans on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap. Anyone with an inquiry or complaint is urged to contact: