Personal Adjustment to Blindness Training

Personal Adjustment to Blindness Training (PABT) teaches persons who are blind, vision-impaired or deaf-blind how to use their other senses, special equipment and new techniques to live independently. General curricula have been established, but each person benefits from an individualized program. Instruction is offered in:

  • Communications — audio devices, handwriting, Braille, computer use
  • Household management — safe cooking, laundry
  • Mobility — shopping, safe travel skills, public transportation
  • Personal grooming — makeup, shaving, eating
  • Exercise — coordination, balance, cardio fitness
  • Sensory training — study and use of human senses
  • Leisure time skills — crafts, bowling
  • Wellness classes — proper nutrition, stress management
  • Individual or group counseling

Personal Adjustment to Blindness Training client crossing street using a white cane

Enrollment is open throughout the year. The PABT residential program averages 8 to 12 weeks, with classroom instruction from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Meals are provided, and staff are available in the building seven days a week. Various evening and weekend entertainment events are offered.

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services sponsors most individuals for training. Other funding sources and limited scholarships may be available.

More Information

For details about Personal Adjustment to Blindness Training, contact Barbara Peterson at 412-368-4400 ext. 2245 or email at bpeterson@pghvis.org; toll free 800-706-5050.