Vision Rehabilitation

In 2004, BASR took the initiative to develop pioneering vision assessment and rehabilitation Services in Palestine by creating the only Vision Rehabilitation unit of its kind. BASR adopted a multifaceted rehabilitation model that provides functional vision assessment within the context of lifestyle, attitudes and psychological well-being. It also involves optimal training in the effective use of assistive devices as well as follow up services. The Vision Rehabilitation department also provides early intervention services, orientation, mobility and life skills training, vision screening services especially in rural areas, family support services, raising public awareness and capacity building for professionals working with persons with vision impairment, as well as counseling and empowerment of persons with vision impairments.
We have a qualified team of five professionals (optometrists, occupational therapist, and a social worker with a human rights background). We target persons with vision impairments and those with additional disabilities of all ages from all parts of Palestine.

After assessment, we offer individuals tailor-made support including training in using low-vision devices and support in undertaking daily tasks. We often visit homes and schools to make recommendations for modifications to assist those with vision impairments.

We recognize that for children, early diagnosis and intervention of vision impairments is crucial for developmental progress. Therefore, we offer screening services at local nurseries and receive referrals via the Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) program and health clinics. The results are encouraging as we see children make substantial progress in all areas once they have received professional support. 

During 2014, BASR successfully contributed as the Secretariat of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to the launch of the National Inclusive Education Program for Persons with Impaired Vision in Palestine, by focusing on measures to improve education through resourcing and equipping students and education personnel, enhancing physical accessibility, developing quality health provision and forging strong partnerships among those who undertake inclusive initiatives, in the aim at enabling people with vision impairments to access better life opportunities, and develop their personal capabilities to become active members of Palestinian society.

The department cooperates with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, AnNajah University and different NGOs and CSOs to provide children with visual impairment with all needed assessments and interventions.  

As our Unit offers a unique service in Palestine, we aim to optimize the visual functional capabilities and quality of life of persons with vision impairments (children, adults and elderly) by providing them with a range of low vision services that enable them to make maximum use of their residual vision.

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