As of April 2020, this program has been replaced by the Focused Stream of the Blind People In Charge program.
The Skills Focused Program was a pared-down version of the Blind People in Charge Program that provided specific non-visual training to blind, deafblind and low vision adults in Grater Victoria; these students required focused learning in one specific area of blindness skills, such as how to use a talking computer, how to use an iPhone with Voiceover, or how to read Braille. These students usually were not able to make the full commitment to the Blind People in Charge Program, or they already had most skills and just need to focus on a certain area
The PTCB had been providing this program informally since the centre’s inception in 2013; however, the program was later more formalized before being replaced altogether with the Focused Stream) of the Blind People In Charge program.
As in all PTCB programs, students were self-referred, a medical referral was not required. Students were encouraged to commit to attending the program for a 1 or 2 hour training session once a week.
Students identified the specific skill they were wanted and ready to learn. From this discussion, the student, with support from a staff member, determineed general goals and specific objectives, which guided lesson planning.
Instructors delivered training one-on-one, or in group sessions, and they taught using the centre structured discovery model of teaching, where students are encourage to problem solve and to take charge of their own lives and learning
As in all PTCB programs, students worr learning shades during training sessions to help build confidence and encourage the use of other senses.