VA Palo Alto Health Care System
The Manual Skills therapeutic program is dedicated to assisting program participants who are visually impaired to achieve their highest level of sensory awareness and personal independence. After evaluation, an individualized treatment program is developed based on the person's goals, assessed needs and interests.
Activities are designed to challenge the participant to use problem-solving skills and to introduce adapted tools and techniques for those who are visually impaired. Projects in leatherwork, copper tooling, ceramics, gardening, woodworking, and home mechanics are used to increase independence and confidence in achieving personal goals. After participating in the Manual Skills program, many individuals improve or regain the ability to perform tasks engaged in before sight loss, and have the confidence and skills to become involved in new activities.