TENNESSEE (MULTIPLE DISTRICT-12) LIONS CLUBS The Lions Clubs International is the largest community service organization in the world. One of the unique aspects of the Lions Clubs is their unique focus on improving, restoring, and preventing vision loss. Lions Clubs volunteers have the opportunity to help individuals with low vision through various types of service projects both in-person and behind-the-scenes. One of those projects is to gain a better understanding of the services available to individuals with low vision within their local communities. The Lions Clubs of Multiple District 12 (Tennessee) are a group of dedicated community servants who meet the needs of various individuals in their community. In some cases, that involves helping individuals with low vision.
SOUTHEAST VISION REHABILITATION Southeast Vision Rehabilitation (SVR) is a specialty low vision and neuro-optometric rehabilitation practice that provides comprehensive low vision evaluations, dispensing of specialized low vision optical devices, and assessment and referral to other rehabilitation services. SVR integrates a primarily optometric approach with a functional mindset to not only understand each patient's visual issues, but how their daily living is impacted. Patients, both children and adults, at SVR, have visual issues caused by things such as hereditary conditions, diabetes, eye injuries, age-related vision loss, neurological impairment, and many more.
SISKIN HOSPITAL FOR PHYSICAL REHABILITATION, Low Vision Program Siskin Hospital provides a wide variety of services including inpatient, outpatient, and sub-acute therapy services. In addition, they provide a specialized low vision program involving in-home and outpatient occupational therapy for individuals with low vision. Occupational therapists help individuals with low vision perform the valued and necessary occupations (activities of daily living), such as cooking, reading, or driving. despite having a vision impairment. They are trained to evaluate and treat a client holistically by understanding the person's abilities, their environment, and their valued activities and roles. Siskin provides occupational therapy services to apply the devices provided by the low vision specialist and to recommend additional low vision services.
SIGNAL CENTERS ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES Signal Centers Assistive Technology Services is the area leader in integrating assistive technology (AT) into the lives of individuals with disabilities. They provide services including assistive device trials, long-term device loans, education, and training regarding device use. In addition, Signal Centers has a growing vision rehabilitation program focused on orientation and mobility, employment services, adjustment to blindness counseling, and confident living classes for independence in daily activities.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA, Occupational Therapy Department The UTC Occupational Therapy Department plays a significant role in the TN Lions Low Vision Rehabilitation Project by providing occupational therapy doctoral students with service learning and internship opportunities to engage them in low vision rehabilitation. UTC occupational therapy students have the opportunity to participate in program development, grant writing, data collection and analysis, and hands-on low vision services as outlined in their learning goals. The UTC OT department's objective is to engage the Chattanooga community by integrating research, practice, and advocacy into educational and service opportunities.
JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICAL INSTITUTES, Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center The Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center is a world leader in low vision research. Through it's efforts, individuals with low vision have more access to high-quality health care.
LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION The Lions Clubs International Foundation has provided funding for low vision and vision-related service since 1925. The TN Lions Low Vision Rehabilitation Project has been funded by the Lions Clubs International Foundation through the SightFirst Grant Program.