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Assistive Technology for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired in the Workplace

Started Apr 7, 2020
1 credit


Full course description

Provides information on assessment, ways to obtain devices, and resources for training individuals to use the provided devices. The HAAT model for assistive technology assessment is described. The course looks at options for training and the qualifications of professionals who provide assessment and training. In addition, factors like ergonomics and security are addressed in their relationship to assistive technology. Several case studies help demonstrate the application of assessment to practice. Finally, resources for obtaining assistive technology and staying up to date, are discussed.

This course is available for CRC, ACVREP, and NBPCB credit.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify basic components of the Human Activity Assistive Technology, or HAAT assessment model.
  2. Understand the differences and different types of assessments or evaluations including vocational evaluations worksite evaluations, and assistive technology assessments.
  3. Compile a training resource list.
  4. Recognize at least four ways to access or acquire assistive technology for employment.
  5. Give examples of appropriate assistive technology for an individual with a vision impairment in an employment context.
  6. Identify some of the common problems related to assistive technology for people with vision loss in employment settings.

The following are recommended screen reader and browser combinations.

Mac: Voiceover with the latest version of Safari,

PC: JAWS or NVDA with Firefox.

Note that currently, course quizzes are not functioning properly for Microsoft screen reader users with Chrome or Edge.

The course shows a start date, but this is simply the date the course was made available to the public. They are self-paced. So, there is not an end date. You can enroll at any time.

This course was developed by the National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University. We are the only national center funded to conduct research related to employment for people with blindness or low vision, and training and technical assistance for the federal Older Individuals who are Blind program. As a national center of excellence, we offer resources on a variety of topics for service providers, businesses, and persons with vision loss on our websites:

NRTC logo and Mississippi State logo 

NTAC Website 

OIB-TAC Website

For daily content relevant to the field of blindness and low vision, connect with us on social media:

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