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An Introduction to Low Vision Rehabilitation: First Response Interventions for Older Adults

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Suggested  Audience: This seminar is designed for therapists (occupational, speech, physical therapists) who work with older adults.
 
Course  Description: In four courses totaling 7 hours, the participant will learn how to evaluate and provide “first response” rehabilitation interventions for visual impairment. “First response” interventions are interventions that maximize vision, or compensate for vision loss using resources available in acute, sub-acute or home-care rehabilitation services. These courses provides practical and immediately applicable information as well as a solid starting point for those who wish to specialize in low vision rehabilitation. The presentation will involve an interactive power point presentation, richly illustrated with graphic and video demonstration where you view the world through the eyes of people with different types of vision impairment. Participants will apply techniques using videos of real patients. The four courses may be taken separately or bundled together for a discount. Following each course will be a test required for certification of completion. Retakes possible. Certificates issued after each course. Cost $119.
 
Learning  Objectives:
  • Name six different types of visual impairments, common pathologies and performance signs associated with each type of impairment that may be used to screen for vision disability.
  • Describe how to compensate for normal age-related vision loss.
  • Describe signs and symptoms that require immediate referral to an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
  • Evaluate five sensory (pre-cortical) vision impairments and appropriate “first response” rehabilitation interventions” for each of these impairments.
  • Define “visual impairment”, “low vision” and “blindness” in terms of eligibility for services that provide low vision rehabilitation.
  • Name organizations and other professionals involved in low vision and blindness rehabilitation services to whom people with low vision should be referred.
  • Describe how a therapist might obtain advanced certification as a low vision rehabilitation specialist.
  • Describe expected outcomes from advanced low vision or blindness services.
  • Perform sighted-guide technique for aided mobility.
Instructors:Steve Whittaker, PhD, OTR/L, CLVT
 
 
These courses provides practical and immediately applicable information as well as a solid starting point for those who wish to specialize in low vision rehabilitation in older adults.
 
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