CFI offers support groups and individual training to help seniors with low vision and blindness live independently, remain active, and cope with vision loss.
Low Vision Older Blind Services
We have a low-vision lab to demonstrate assistive devices and specialized software.
Low Vision Services
Daily Living & Independent Skills training
Vocational Skills training - computers, keyboarding, resume writing, and job preparation
Peer Counseling, Support Groups*, Recreation*
Advocacy for the Vision Impaired and Blind
Information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
In-Service Training & Presentations (provided to other service providers)
Exemption Directory Assistance charger
TAP - Telephone Assistance Program
We train our consumers to use adaptive technology and help people with in-home safety/security needs.
Please call for appointment 970-241-0315. Not all services are available in all counties.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
MEETING YOUR COMMUNICATION NEEDS
CFI provides C.A.R.T. and American Sign Language interpreting services. We do our best to provide you with the most efficient services for your appointments when and where you need us. We listen to your needs and our clients' needs and strive to provide the most appropriate service for your unique appointments.
We have a fully trained professional staff and with the oversight from the Deaf Services Program Manager, Lehua DeLong, you can rely on us to interpret effectively and with integrity.
Working with sign language interpreters and qualified providers can be a new and overwhelming experience. Here at the Center for Independence we can make that experience easier by providing you with the appropriate service and service providers needed to match yours and your clients' or patients' specific needs. We take time to evaluate the needs of our clients to ensure effective communication can take place.
To allow your organization to better understand policies, procedures and compliance with the ADA Law, we have compiled a list of resources to quickly address questions you may have. If you have further questions, please contact us.
CFI offers housing locaiton assistance, nursing home transition, case management, benefit advocay and application assistance such as SSDI and SSI.
Visit our our program page for more information.
We have computers available for resume writing and basic software skill building practice. We also offer training and demonstration of low vision equipment in our low vision lab.
Learn about our technology progam.
Help with Jobs
CFI’s vocational program, New Horizon Vocational Center (NHVC), provides consumers training to join the workforce. Our goal is to empower individuals, build self-confidence, and promote skills that translate into independent living, employment, and peer support. Learn more about this program
Youth in Transition
Positive Access to Community Transition (PACT) is a weekly life skills class which assists young adults with disabilities between the ages of 14-25 to build or strengthen their independent living skills as they move toward becoming an adult.
Transition can be defined as moving from one life stage to another.
Many young adults and their parents may be thinking about or discussing the following questions:
What do I do after high school?
Do I have the skills I need to find and keep a job?
Am I able to live on my own? Do I need to apply for SSI/SSDI?
How am I going to get around town?
Do I know my rights and how to speak up for myself?
Do I know how to manage my money?
Visit our program page for more.
Erika Kiefer is a new happy face here at Center for Independence, (CFI). She is with us in a paid Work Experience position through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Erika was a little shy at first but has quickly blossomed into a valuable part of the CFI team. Not only has Erika mastered the multi-line phone system, she is able to give anyone who comes into our lobby a warm greeting and quickly find out what they need. She has learned quite a bit about Center for Independence and which staff member handles what type of work, which is not an easy task.
There is nothing Erika won’t attempt to do at CFI. She dives right into any task she is given. For example, Erika helped us get ready for our Voter’s Education and Registration Event by doing everything from making tons of copies to decorating the auditorium.
Erika is very neat, a good organizer, is very detail oriented and has done extensive work with our Record’s Manager getting files created and organized.
We have discovered that Erika is a Computer Wiz! She quickly created a very splashy 259-page PowerPoint for a staff member and is currently working on a big Excel file for another person.
In her spare time, Erika makes Origami animals and has generously shared them with us. Erika takes pleasure in giving and helping others. She enjoys being needed. Erika has a quiet and pleasant disposition, which makes it easy to work with her.
As you can see from this photo, she has a great smile. Welcome Erika!