Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired at NEAT

Blind/Low Vision Evaluations and Consultations

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Evaluations: Low Vision/ Blindness

Professional low vision/blindness evaluations performed by our highly qualified staff. 

An evaluation will provide the PPT or support team with a written report and recommendations regarding the assistive technology that will meet the needs of the individual. Evaluations are based on a review of records, intake form, conversations with educators/support staff, family and the individual, observations, trial with the device and/or programs, and follow-up conversations.

Consultations: Low Vision/ Blindness

Our consultation services: help your teams to develop a framework for considering AT; conduct assistive technology trials; examine outcomes of trials and incorporate AT into the IEP or Overall Plan of Service; equip educators and/or teams with the knowledge and skills to address the AT needs of students with disabilities.

Consultations typically last 1-2 hours and do not yield written reports or recommendations for use at a PPT/Overall Plan of Service. In the case that you have needs beyond a two-hour meeting, require a formal written report, or need recommendations for a PPT, we will only be able to address these with a full evaluation.

Click here to download the evaluation or consulation request intake form.

 

Employment Assistance, Education and Training

The NEAT Center's programs for those who are blind or visually impaired is available to both children and adults. Expert staff are available to conduct thorough assessments to identify each individual's most challenging tasks in their home and in their workplace. 

Harness Up Support Group

Within our Vocational Center, we offer:

Employment Assistance

Designed to help adults who are blind or visually impaired find job opportunities, prepare for different careers, develop interview skills and coordinate transportation.

Device Instruction

Training on the use of magnification devices, demonstrations of adaptive equipment and blind-related software. Training is also available to employers who work with blind individuals.

Computer Instruction

Instruction on common office programs with special attention on "accessibility" features.

On-site Assessments

For homes and workplaces. NEAT staff will identify your unique living and working setups and provide assistive technology recommendations to maximize productivity and independence.

 


 

Get Started Now

Please contact NEAT at (860) 243-2869; toll free in CT (866) 526-4492; or email: info@neatmarketplace.org

 

Other Blind Services

Through our parent organization, Oak Hill, we provide independent living opportunities and community supports for adults as well as a camp for blind and visually impaired teens.

Learn more about:

Housing for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Veterans Program for the Blind and Visually Imparied

 

 

Housing for Adults who are Legally Blind

Oak Hill Independent Housing, Inc. (OHIH) operates homes in West Hartford and Wethersfield for blind and visually impaired individuals. To be eligible for residency,applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Be assessed by a qualified medical professional as legally blind

• Be at least 18 years of age

• Have very low income

• Be appropriate for independent community-based living

• Be involved in productive activity outside the home

OHIH consists of thirteen congregate units in four homes as well as four family units. There is no staff assigned to the homes; OHIH acts as the landlord only. Tenants are expected to secure any necessary supports or services from the community.

Rents are subsidized by HUD and are calculated individually, based on a person's annual gross income. A Selection Committee reviews all applications.

If you or someone you know is interested in this program, please fill out the application and mail it to:

Karin Agritelly - Coordinator, Oak Hill Centers

Oak Hill

120 Holcomb Street, Hartford, CT 06112-1589

phone; (860) 286-3105  email; agritellyk@ciboakhill.org

 

The Connecticut Institute for the Blind, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation (dba Oak Hill)

 


Download Attachment: Housing Application