These courses provide intermediate education in low vision rehabilitation and vision rehabilitation therapy. We provide programs of study for advanced Certification as a Low Vision Therapist (CLVT) by ACVREP (www.acvrep.org) and AOTA Special Certification in Low Vision (SCLV), (www.aota.org). One program is a self study where you read a chapter and take a test. Another program, the tutorial, also includes weekly scheduled interactive online sessions (webinar) with small group. Both are organized around the 26 chapter self-study that has been written to accompany the book: Whittaker, SG, Scheiman, M, Sokol-McKay, D. Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapists. Slack; Thorofare, NJ, 2016. For the self-study, students read a chapter and pass the test (retakes are possible) and immediately download a certificate of completion for that chapter test. For many topics an additional presentation is added with illustrations, animations and videotaped examples. Our tutorial comprises a series of 21 webinars scheduled once a week, equivalent to two 3 credit university courses. The tutorial is designed so that the student read the chapter, take a test, perform assigned activities in preparation for the webinar according to the published webinar guide and then spend the 1 hour webinar applying and discussing the material with a book author and other participants. This program has been developed for working professionals as the core curriculum for Vision Loss Rehabilitation of Canada low vision therapy program to great reviews. The webinars are limited in size to assure a small group interactive experience at a fraction of the cost of university programs. Tutorial admission is by application only and includes all chapters in the self-study. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A syllabus and schedule for the self-study and tutorial programs can be downloaded from the home page.
Advanced practitioners often take selected chapter courses such as Chapter 6 and 11 on management of people with cognitive disability or brain injury, Chapter 8 on our unique approach to evaluation and Chapter 14 on assistive technology which included presentations of the latest technology and how to adapt an Iphone and Ipad. Now with a presentation rich with animation and video, even our advanced practitioners report "understanding and applying optics for the first time". Our chapters on management of diabetes (chapter 20) is popular among advanced practitioners as well. VRT’s or COMS can expand their knowledge into the area of low vision and low vision therapists can expand their knowledge of non-sighted techniques often better suited for activities of daily living. Check out the syllabi for more information and the fees. The cost is $10 or less per hour of CE. Click on each course for fees. You may pay for the entire self study for $500.