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Care for Occupational Therapy Patients with Low Vision: A Model for Building Successful Partnerships



Full course description

This course will review key topics for occupational therapists new to interacting with patients experiencing blindness or low vision. Topics covered include the anatomy of the eye, common eye conditions, compensatory strategies, appropriate behavior while engaging with those who are blind or have low vision, and the importance of collaboration with vision rehabilitation professionals. This course was developed by the Older Individuals who are Blind - Technical Assistance Center and VISIONS, New York.
This course does not offer continuing education credits.

Course Objectives:

  1. Summarize terminology associated with the anatomy of the eye, blindness, and low vision.
  2. Discuss appropriate behavior while engaging with those who are blind or have low vision.
  3. Explain the basic use of the human guide technique.
  4. Identify the rehabilitation professionals who have a long history of working with individuals who are blind or have low vision and describe their roles.
  5. Give three examples of compensatory strategies or access technologies utilized by older adults who are blind or have low vision.
  6. Name two standardized assessments an Occupational Therapist would use when providing services to individuals who have low vision or are blind.
  7. State when Occupational Therapists began to include low vision in their service provision.

Course Instructor: Tara Olson, OTR/L, CVRT, COMS

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:

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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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