Making A Difference
Veterans with Special Needs are Using My HealtheVet
The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System is located in Tucson, Arizona. The staff of its Blind Rehabilitation Center use creative techniques for teaching veterans and their families to use My HealtheVet (MHV). Computer training is one of the many skills taught to visually impaired veterans at the facility. As part of their training, patients receive a computer that is set up specifically for them, which they keep after completing their training. The magnification, color, print size, contrast, and voice components are adjusted to meet the specific needs of these veterans.
When these veterans learn to use the Internet, they learn about MHV. Instructors provide the MHV link to each computer, assist their patients in registering, and teach them about the information on the MHV and how to explore different parts of the Website. This training exercise allows the patient to independently sign on and use MHV.
The efforts of the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System's Blind Rehabilitation Unit recently won an award for their efforts in teaching My HealtheVet. This is just one example of the many creative approaches used at VA Medical Centers across the nation to teach MHV to our veterans with special needs.
Here are pictures of two visually impaired veterans using My HealtheVet: