What We Do

IB West continues to provide client-centered individualized instruction to the blind, incorporating the most up-to-date techniques and equipment.  Each year, our counselors log more than 6,000 hours of instruction time and work with more than 200 clients throughout our ten county service area. All of Independence for the Blind of West Florida services aregeared toward assisting the blind toward independence to whatever level is possible and desired by the individual.  Services include but are not limited to the following:


1) Assessments and Counseling to assist individuals (and their families) in identifying their needs and training possibilities.


2) Orientation and Mobility training to assist individuals to learn how to safely navigate in their homes and in the community.  We help them arrange their homes in ways that help avoid accidents and how to use a cane.


3) Adult Daily Living (ADL):  Provides instruction on cooking, organizing cabinets and clothes, cleaning, using the telephone etc.


4) Communications:  Braille, time telling and devices, writing guides and typingInstructions on how to take medications, getting to medical appointments and accessing community services.


5) Assistive Devices:  We help individuals identify and obtain assistive devices to meet their individual needs and teach how to use it.  Assistive devices include talking clocks, alarm clocks, watches, talking scales, calculators, talking magnifiers, writing guides, CCTV’s, liquid level indicators etc.


6) Adaptive Computer training: Provides instruction in the use of Computer technology for the Blind so they can use email, access the internet and other computer related activities. Also includes training in the use of cell phones.


7) Leisure activities Training: fun activities helping to individual integrate into to the larger society and to feel less isolated


8) Vocational Rehabilitation: Provides job Search skills and assists in job placement for adults.


9) Information and Referral of Complementary/Collateral Services:  helping Blind individuals accessTalking Books, free directory assistance, community transportation etc.


10) Transition Activities for Teens:  Provides activities and training to assist teens in making the transition to adulthood and entering the workforce.

 Independent Living Adult Program

Skills taught through ILAP include safety measures, cleaning, record keeping, money identification, reading and writing Braille, learning the use of adaptive aids, orientation and mobility, labeling and identification, and safe food handling and preparation. 

Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Conducts job development activities and offers instruction in basic computer keyboarding and assistive technology, resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search methods, and vocational training.  This program is essential for individuals who have recently lost their eyesight or are experiencing a decline in vision and need to learn how to adapt at work.

Transition Program

Prepares visually impaired high school students for college and the workforce through computer and adaptive software training, socialization and recreational skills, and vocational training such as resume preparation, interviewing skills and internships.  Students meet with counselors individually and in groups.  Each month an activity is coordinated for the students to build socialization skills and improve their self-esteem.  During the summer, IB West has a 16 day camp for the students.  There is no charge for participation in any of these activities.