Rehabilitation And Therapy

Keep doing what you love. Just learn to do it differently.

Vision loss or blindness doesn’t have to mean giving up the things you love to do. With the right tools and training, you can stay more independent than you thought possible and live life to the fullest.

At the Bicknell Envision Vision Rehabilitation Center, our specialists work with you to create a vision rehabilitation program that’s tailored to your unique challenges and goals. While some clients can rely on a visual aid to help them accomplish daily tasks, other people have longer rehabilitative roads ahead, such as gaining the skills and confidence necessary to take public transport. Wherever you are on the low-vision spectrum, we have the resources and expertise to help you thrive. Plus, as your situation changes, we’re with you every step of the way. 

In fact, we’re the only organization in the Midwest that provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary vision rehabilitation by combining adaptive technology, training and more to maximize your visual function. Explore some of our services, offered at our state-of-the-art facility as well as in the community and the home, and contact us at 316-440-1600 to learn more.

Worried about costs? Don’t be.

We offer comprehensive vision rehabilitation services regardless of your ability to pay. 

Assistance is also provided through Envision Foundation. The Jeanne and Penny Mishkin Legacy Fund for the Visually Impaired at the Envision Foundation is opening up a lifetime of opportunities for people with severe visual impairments who need contact lenses. Funds are available to patients of optometrists practicing within the State of Kansas and at select NIB-affiliated agencies. See our brochure for more information. Envision Financial Assistance Form

Welcome to Independence Boulevard

Inside our vision rehabilitation center, we’ve built a small neighborhood called Independence Boulevard. Here you’ll find a functional house, grocery store, restaurant and walkway. You’ll learn to identify different products when you’re shopping, navigate roads by texture, cook on your own and more. There’s no better way to learn to navigate everyday situations with safety and sureness.

Orientation and Mobility Training
If you’re someone who’s blind or visually impaired, you know that orientation and mobility are two of the biggest challenges you face. The good news is, training can help.

Learn to make the most of any remaining vision, how to walk with a cane or guide dog and use public transportation. You’ll also learn to recognize environmental clues and use compass directions and GPS systems. Our specialists will work with you at home or out in the community, helping you navigate your surroundings safely and independently. You can even gain the confidence to travel somewhere new.

Occupational Therapy 
Essential to long-term independence, occupational therapy provides ways to adapt to and prevent injury, illness or disability. Our therapists can evaluate your home or work environment for safety and make recommendations on everything from lighting improvements to assistive devices to contrast techniques, such as pouring coffee into a white mug or chopping onions on a black cutting board. It’s amazing what a difference these changes can make in helping you accomplish day-to-day activities.

Physical Therapy
Physical therapy helps with issues related to balance, gait training, fall risk or vertigo. Our therapists may make a home visit to assess overall safety and suggest ways to adapt your home to your specific needs. Our goal is to make everyday activities easier for you, such as going up and down stairs or getting in and out of bed. Ultimately, it’s about helping you stay independent in your own home.

Braille Instructor
Our Braille instructor is trained in developing individualized rehabilitation teaching plans with the patient for Braille instruction. Braille is a system of touch reading and writing in which raised dots represent the letters of the alphabet and numbers, as well as music notes and symbols. Braille is read by moving one or more fingers along each line. Both hands are usually involved in the reading process, and reading is generally done with the index fingers. 

Behavioral Health Social Worker
Dealing with decreased vision or total vision loss creates not only physical challenges, but also psychosocial and emotional distress. 

When experiencing vision issues, it is normal to experience grief or depression along with other psychosocial challenges, such as isolation and loneliness.  The EVRC has a licensed clinical social worker who works with individuals on these and other issues to help them experience quality of life and tackle the emotional challenges accompanying vision loss.The Social Worker is experienced helping individuals develop and work toward established personal goals, such as  addressing communication between the patient and the caregiver so the patient can express what they are experiencing in a positive way, or building up the courage to continue the activities the patient previously enjoyed before vision loss, or even being able to move back into the workforce. Whatever the individual needs a helping hand with, the overarching goal is always the same: a better quality of life and independence. 

Assistive Technology
Let technology enhance and help maintain quality of life. From screen-reading software and closed circuit televisions to portable video magnifiers and smart phones, all kinds of resources and devices are available to help with communication, schoolwork, professional situations and more. At the EVRC, we can make recommendations and teach you how to use the assistive technology that’s best for your lifestyle.

Contact Us

Bicknell Envision Vision Rehabilitation Center
610 N. Main
Wichita, KS 67203
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