Our rehabilitation service expands across Scotland

Posted: 16/05/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded is delighted to announce the expansion of its specialist rehabilitation service, for all veterans with a visual impairment, with the appointment of a new role to support veterans living across Scotland.

Sandra Graham's new appointment, will expand the delivery of tailored rehabilitation programmes for veterans has been welcomed by our team. Sandra has over 17 years of experience as a rehabilitation officer working with people with a visual impairment and brings a wealth of knowledge to the role. She joins Scottish War Blinded from Renfrewshire Council’s Sensory Impairment Team.  

Shortly after joining the team Sandra commented:

‘I was attracted to Scottish War Blinded’s ethos that everybody has potential, as I believe anyone, no matter their age or disability, can set goals and aspirations, which I will help them achieve. My role is to provide veterans with sight loss with the skills, confidence and equipment to re-gain independence and achieve life goals.

My BTEC qualification in rehabilitation with deaf people, has given me specialist knowledge, so I’m looking forward to providing support to those experiencing difficulties with dual sensory loss.

I was delighted to start getting to grips with the very varied list of equipment which Scottish War Blinded offers free of charge to veterans, it’s a fantastic array and really enhances the often patchy availability of statutory services.

I’m particularly excited about being involved with the Hawkhead Centre in Paisley, it will make a great difference to veterans from Paisley and the surrounding areas to have a specialist centre to access in their local area.'

Sandra’s new role has been created to enable Scottish War Blinded to provide an enhanced level of individualised support for veterans who have developed sight loss, at any stage in their life. Support from our rehabilitation team is lead by the individual needs of each of our members, from a one off visit to give advice on how to use a liquid level indictor, to longer term long cane training. Sandra and the team also provide magnification assessments to enable veterans to use appropriate magnifiers.

If you know a veteran who has developed sight loss - either due to age, medical causes or during their service, then please call us today on 0800 035 6409 to find out how they can access this free rehabilitation service.