• SAAVI Staff and Students Hiking Group

    A large group of SAAVI Students and Staff equipped with their canes and walking sticks, posing for a picture before they undertake a great hike outside.
  • SAAVI Students on the move

    Two photos, one showing a group of students under learning shades walking alongside a river, with a bridge in the background. The other photo shows a student under learning shade getting ready to fly down a zipline.
  • SAAVI Students Doing Great

    Two photos, one showing four students posing in front of the Community Food Bank truck after an event. The other photo shows a group of students under learning shades getting ready to light their grills and cook that nights dinner.

Senior Services

  • Are you 55+ or over?
  • Are you retired or approaching retirement?
  • Are you experiencing vision loss, or having trouble seeing everyday things?


Call us today to find out more about programs and services that will help you maintain your independence and live the life you deserve!

If you are interested in our senior services:

Individuals with a visual impairment who are working part time or wish to return to the work force can find additional information on our website on programs that help you gain confidence and retain employment.

What we do:

An IL student learning braille using the Perkins Braille WriterOur Independent Living Blind program is an adult training program with a focus on those ages 55+. We provide training in various areas so that you can continue to live your life.

The goal of this program is to provide some basic skills training so that our client may stay independent in their own home. This could include cane skills training, kitchen safety training, home modifications like talking thermostats etc.

 


Program Services:

  • Adjustment, Support & Knowledge (ASK) Class: Classes meet twice a week. During the sessions you will explore different program services that are available through SAAVI.   You will also meet other blind/visually impaired seniors who are also adjusting to changes in their vision.
  • Access Technology: training on various computer software and hardware, as well as on Android and Apple mobile devices to help you take advantage of today’s technology. *Please note, you must already own these devices to receive training on them.
  • Daily Living Skills: instruction in all areas of home and personal management such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, managing paperwork, home maintenance and more, so that you can live the life you deserve.
  • Health & Wellness: we help you develop a personalized wellness plan which may include weight, cardio, balance, and strength training in a variety of methods.
  • Orientation and Mobility: receive tips on how to travel in any environment safely and efficiently by learning various methods to orient yourself and get where you want to go, when you want to be there.
  • Braille: Whether you’re reading or writing a shopping list or a novel – we can help you learn the skills you need to be in control of your written information through Braille instruction.
  • Positive Perceptions about Blindness: Counseling services include support groups and resources on coping with vision loss.
  • Home Visits: One of the main goals of the program is to ensure independence in the home and includes an optional home visit with organizational tips, marking and labeling appliances as well as education on how to maintain a safe home environment.
  • Social & Recreation Classes: Individuals may have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, sewing and additional SAAVI recreational services.

If you or a loved one could benefit from training, please follow these steps to find out more or to begin the process of enrolling in our program.

Step 1) Contact one of our program coordinators:

Katie Gomez
kgomez@saavi.us
520-795-1331 ext. 240

Jennifer Donovan
Jdonovan@saavi.us
602-795-0195 ext. 130

Our program coordinator can assist you and your loved one in identifying services that may be beneficial.

 

Step 2) Once you have met with us and decided that services would benefit you, you will be contacted by the Department of Economic Security’s Rehabilitation Services Administration and they will complete the referral process with you.