Life Skills Training, Inspiration, and Resource Center for Nevada’s Blind and Visually
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
daily living (cooking, cleaning, money and house management)
orientation and mobility (cane travel training)
technology (accessibility with computers and mobile devices)
Communication and advocacy
coping and adjustment
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.