Angela’s House

Life Skills Training, Inspiration, and Resource Center for Nevada’s Blind and Visually
Impaired

Raquel O’Neil, an instructor at Angela’s house, stands in front of Angela’s House’s door with her black Labrador guide dog. Anyone who is visually impaired or blind doesn’t have to face the challenges life
has for them by themselves. Blindconnect offers Nevada’s only blindness skills training center, a safe and supportive place where individuals can process their new reality.
 
The vision of Angela’s House is to create and establish a Nevada person-centered training facility for the blind and visually impaired, and prepare individuals and families to live independently with access to services, education, and recreation.
 
Angela's House is the only facility specifically designed to offer life skills training, resources, and peer support in Nevada. It is a place where those with severe vision loss can learn the skills to gain or regain self-confidence, self-sufficiency, and a sense of purpose.
 
Angela’s House is located inside the innovative 14,0000+ square foot RTC Mobility Training Center. Being at the Center is like being on a movie set with streets, buildings, and two city buses that simulate travel. The overall experience helps visually impaired people test their skills before venturing into the larger community.

The partnership and collaboration between RTC and Blindconnect is unique. It is the only one in the U.S. where a nonprofit and a transit agency are housed together to serve training needs for those with disabilities.
 
Angela’s House includes a great room/dining room, kitchen, bedroom, technology lab, and bathroom.
The center is fully-equipped as a working home so that skills are transferable to any home setting.

 Personalized instruction for participants focuses on individualized challenges and needs

Three images are featured together. The first is an instructor helping a student with cutting and chopping skills in the kitchen at Angela’s House. The second is a student sitting in the computer lab of Angela’s House while an instructor teaches him about computer technology. The third is the O’Neil family, Ryan, Raquel, and their son Dillon, sitting in the living room of Angela’s House and reading a book together.

Skills include

 daily living (cooking, cleaning, money and house management)

 orientation and mobility (cane travel training)

 technology (accessibility with computers and mobile devices)

 personal care

Communication and advocacy

 coping and adjustment

  Braille

Angela sitting with Clement, her yellow Labrador guide dog. Angela has her hand on Clement and is smiling at the camera.

Born blind in one eye, Angela began losing her usable vision in her remaining eye in the early 2000s. She struggled with her blindness and was unable to find Las Vegas-based training opportunities to meet her needs. As a member of the Blindconnect Board of Directors, she helped plan for a blindness skills training center which she never saw come to fruition. Angela’s House is her legacy.

 

An image of the front of the Mobility Training Center where Angela’s house is housed. Tables are set up in front of the building and there are many people walking around and talking with one another.   

  • Susan Sonnheim
    commented 2017-11-12 16:48:03 -0800
    Do you provide transportation to Dr.s appt. for legally blind?

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