The Vision loss rehabilitation therapy helps people with all types of vision loss to develop or restore key daily living skills, helping enhance their independence, safety and mobility. Ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care professionals may refer you for this therapy as a next step after medical treatment.
Vision loss rehabilitation therapy is provided by certified specialists, who will work with you to create a personalized rehabilitation plan to meet your needs and goals.
If you have low vision, learning to use the sight you have left can be life-changing. Our certified specialists can:
Our certified specialists can help you build the skills you need to live safely and independently with vision loss. This may include helping you:
Learning to travel independently with vision loss is an essential skill. Our certified specialists can help you learn how to:
STEP provides assistive technology for home use to Albertans with significant vision loss. The program is made possible through an accountable grant from Alberta Ministry of Seniors and Community Supports.
The program requires you to contribute 25 per cent of the cost of any equipment you receive, up to a maximum of $500, unless you are low income or receiving assistance.
To be eligible for STEP, you must be registered with CNIB, a resident of Alberta, be covered by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan, and unable to obtain funding from another source. Degree of vision loss is also a factor; we must have a copy of your current eye report.
If you are deafblind, there is specialized equipment available to you. Applicants seeking to replace or duplicate working equipment they already own are not eligible. Application deadlines are May 31, September 30, and January 15.