- Blind and Visually Impaired
Training & Adjustment FAQ
What are the age requirement to attend the training program?
The typical age is 18 years old or older. However, students attending high school may attend a couple of classes to help in the transition process.
Are classes held every day?
Yes, classes are held Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
How do I sign up?
Make an appointment to meet the training center coordinator, take a tour and complete a Student Application Information Form.
Is there a charge to attend this program?
No, these classes are funded through state and federal government money.
Should I also apply for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services?
Yes, in most cases applying for VR services is strongly recommended. TAS works closely with VR services to provide training prior to continuing education and/or pursuit of employment. Applying for VR services is not recommended for those not seeking future employment.
What are the benefits of the use of training shades?
Training shades promote the learning of basic blindness skills non-visually. They encourage students to minimize their dependence on vision, overcome the fear of blindness, develop confidence in blindness skills and in themselves. They allow the individual to focus on mastering the non-visual skills so they can better blend non-visual and visual skills effectively. Shade training leads to higher levels of independence and success. Learning non-visual skills is similar to learning a foreign language; immersion significantly aids in the learning process.