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Basics of Blindness and Low Vision is a Course

Basics of Blindness and Low Vision

Started Jan 29, 2020
1 credit

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This course is targeted to individuals who are new to the field of blindness and low vision, providing them with foundational information on critical matters within this multidisciplinary field. This introductory course will orient new professionals and paraprofessionals to the broad principles and basic facts necessary for functioning effectively in providing services to people with blindness and low vision.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the terminology related to parts of the eye, common eye conditions, and functional limitations related to vision loss;
  2. Know how to courteously interact with individuals with vision loss;
  3. Identify the eye care/rehabilitation professionals who work with blind and vision impaired individuals;
  4. Describe some strategies and access technologies used by blind and vision impaired individuals; and
  5. Identify key service and membership organizations that exist for the benefit of individuals who are blind or vision impaired.

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

The following are supported screen reader and browser combinations for this course:  Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari) PC: JAWS and NVDA (latest version for Firefox) Internet Explorer is not supported.  The course shows a start date, but that 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 & 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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