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Independent Living for Adult Blind (ILAB)
Providing Hope When Vision Fails
ILAB is a community-based rehabilitation program for adults and high school youth who have reduced vision to a degree that some difficulty is experienced in their daily activities. Through guidance and specialized training offered in the ILAB program, individuals learn necessary skills for work and independence in their homes and communities. Training is offered at no cost to eligible individuals.
This program is made possible through funding from the State Division of Blind Services, City of Jacksonville, St. Johns County and donations made through the Florida State College Foundation for the ILAB program. ILAB, located at Downtown Campus, serves a five-county area that includes Baker, Clay, Duval, St. Johns and Nassau counties. For more information or to complete an application for services by phone, call (904) 633-8220.
Instruction is provided at Downtown campus, in homes or at satellite locations as needed. The following programs are offered:
Adjustment to Blindness Core Curriculum
- Home and personal management
- Adjusting with blindness counseling
- Orientation and mobility
- Low vision aids (optical and non-optical)
- Adaptive software for screen magnification and screen reading
- Computer environment and desktop
- Microsoft Office application overview
- Electronic mail (email)
The Transition Program is designed to help high-school aged visually-impaired teens in northeast Florida become active, productive, independent members of the community to the fullest extent of their abilities. It is a year-round program consisting of:
- Career education and exploration
- Job readiness
- Work experience where possible in cooperation with local businesses
- Independent living skills
- Personal and social adjustment
ILAB is happy to speak to groups about vision rehabilitation services and training available in northeast Florida.
Look for the new specialty license vehicle tag, A State of Vision. Tag purchases will include a $25 donation to the vision rehabilitation program in your home area. ILAB benefits from tag purchases in northeast Florida.