OUR SUPPORT TEAM
VIST COORDINATORS/BROS PROGRAM
Optometry Section 1689 Nonconnah Blvd., Ste. #120
Memphis, TN 38132-2101 VIST COORDINATOR – KEITH TACKETT PHONE: 901-523-8990 x1-5577 EMAIL:Keith.Tackett@va.gov
ADDITIONAL LOW VISION TEAM
LOW VISION – DR MOLLY C. SAXTON BROS: LOVELLE PRATCHER RECREATIONAL MANAGER: CHRISTY WHITE
MOUNTAIN HOME (KNOXVILLE)
Mountain Home VAMC
P.O. Box 4000
Mountain Home, TN 37684 VIST COORDINaTOR: HEIDI BAILEY PHONE: 423-979-2979 EMAIL: Heidi.Bailey@va.gov
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville Campus
1310 24th Avenue, South Nashville, TN 37212-2637 vist coordinator: isaac york phone: 800.228.4973 x66770 615-524-1483 (VA Cell) email: Isaac.York@va.gov
BLIND REHABILITATION CENTERS
The Blind Rehabilitation Centers (BRC) are residential inpatient programs that provide comprehensive adjustment to blindness training and serve as a resource to a geographic area usually comprised of several states. BRCs offer a variety of skill courses designed to help blinded Veterans achieve a realistic level of independence. These skill areas include: ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY; COMMUNICATION SKILLS; ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING; MANUAL SKILLS; VISUAL SKILLS; COMPUTER ACCESS TRAINING (CAT) (INCLUDES ALL IDEVICES); SOCIAL AND RECREATION SERVICES.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE BLIND REHABILITATION CENTER
“TIME WELL SPENT” (PALO ALTO BRC)
ADAPTIVE SPORTS PROGRAM (MEMPHIS)
A partnership was founded and recognized by the state affiliate – Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes (TABA) in May 2013 to become one of their Chapters for the West Tennessee Region. Public meetings were held seeking members to fulfill a Board of Directors and develop plans to start a sports group in Memphis. The state affiliate was instrumental in assisting in learning new sports and recreational activities.
After about a year, we were introduced to the national affiliate, United States Association of Blind Athletes. This group provided the advanced training in adaptive sports that we needed. We then started to compete in national events. The Department of Veterans Affairs saw the work that we were doing and selected us to receive grant funding to purchase equipment and supplies to develop grass roots groups that could work with blind veterans, teaching them adaptive sports. We then established a memorandum of agreement with the VA Medical Center Memphis. The agreement was designed to get more veterans and the private sector working for a common cause.Most recently, after doing a self- evaluation, it was determined that a new branding was necessary. January 3, 2019 we applied for a new non-profit status. Our new plans include the incorporation of services. We will now offer adaptive sports to all people with barriers, our new title shall be the Tri-State Adaptive Sports Association.