Programs & Services

PROGRAMS

Education Programs

  • Beginner White Cane Clinic: Participants are issued a long white cane and provided basic instruction from a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist in protective techniques, human guide, and long white cane use.
  • Intermediate White Cane Clinic: Participants build upon the skills taught during the Beginner White Cane Clinic based on their individual needs. Travel occurs in indoor environments (including stairs) and outdoors navigating sidewalks and obstacles. We DO NOT teach street crossings during these clinics.
  • Technology Help Center: Participants meet with certified Teachers of the Visually Impaired who have experience teaching technology to people with low vision and blindness to answer questions, assist with troubleshooting existing devices, and investigating potential technology options to make everyday life more accessible.
  • Various other “pop-up” education opportunities! Spanish lessons and Medicare Open Enrollment discussions, for example.

Social Programs

  • Open House Lunch: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesday at noon
  • Open House Dinner: 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
  • Jam Session: 3rd Saturday of the month
  • Braille and large print Bingo
  • Field trips to camps and other local entertainment activities, such as musicals, concerts, and ball games

Transportation Program

  • Free transportation is provided for blind and visually impaired patrons residing in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties.
  • Transportation to and from Center-sponsored programs, events, and activities, such as Open House meals and other social events, using either one or both of the Center’s specialized vehicles, a Ford minibus and a Chevy minivan.
  • Safety features of vehicles – Hand rails, wheelchair lift in minibus, ramp in minivan, easy entrance and exit off and on the vehicles, and comfortable for dog guides.

 

SERVICES

Uftring Technology Center

  • PC workstations with screen reading software
  • Braille writers
  • Braille embosser
  • Portable and desktop video magnifiers
  • Wearable electronic magnifiers
  • 40″ HD television
  • Voice activated smart speaker
  • Wireless internet access

Education

  • Braille printing
  • White canes and their usage
  • Assistance with computer or other types of media devices
  • Assistance with understanding personal paperwork, such as billing statements from utility companies

Onsite Store

  • Low vision products including magnifiers and large print clocks
  • Products for the blind including PenFriend and talking clocks
  • If product is not available onsite we offer special orders