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Mobility Impairments: Implications for Service Providers

Started Dec 1, 2020
2 credits


Full course description

A mobility impairment might affect an individual’s ability to walk, climb stairs, use their hands, or complete activities of daily living. This course covers numerous health conditions that often cause mobility impairments and suggests ways to provide blind/vision rehabilitation services, safely and through collaborative efforts. The roles of physical and occupational therapists are reviewed and suggestions made for how to work together to provide comprehensive and effective services. Additionally, this course will help individuals identify program participants with mobility impairments for federal reporting. This course was written by Audrey Demmitt and Trina Bassak. 

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

Course Objectives:

  1. To recognize common physical changes and health conditions of aging adults that cause difficulties with functional mobility.
  2. To identify mobility deficits and strategies for working with consumers with vision and mobility impairments to optimize their home and community independence.
  3. To understand the role of and strategies for collaborating with physical and occupational therapists.

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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