The Impact of Visual Dysfunction on IADLs Including Driving and Community Mobility
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SKU: OL8313

Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2021

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Non-Member Price: $39.95

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Cyndee Crompton, MS, OTR/L, SCDCM, SCLV, CDRS

Driving Rehabilitation Specialist

Private Practice


Earn .15 AOTA CEUs (1.5 contact hours/1.88 NBCOT PDUs)


Visual deficits are often recognized and treated late in the rehabilitation process, and sometimes only after a functional or safety issue is identified. However, as an important client factor that supports performance skills and occupations such as driving and community mobility, vision should be considered by the occupational therapy practitioner early in the intervention process. As one of the first professionals able to identify when low vision is a contributor/cause of a clients unsafe IADL and driving functions, the generalist practitioner should know when interventions require referral to a specialist in driving/community mobility, or if they possess the skills and expertise to work with the client.  This course will explore the basics of evidence-informed screening, assessment and interventions for vision that may directly impact success in IADLs, community mobility and driving and that can be utilized by the generalist OT practitioner.

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the learner will be able to:

·         Communicate a model to organize how we think about, evaluate, and determine a treatment plan for functional vision deficits

·         Identify component impairments that pose a high risk for optimal participation in IADL’s, especially driving

·         Understand how to evaluate for high-risk deficits

·         Identify purposeful interventions to address vision dysfunction for IADL’s

·         Determine when to refer a client to a driving specialist

·         Direct the process to maximize return to IADL’s, refer client to a driver rehabilitation specialist, or to help the client understand when a deficit leads to safety risk

Level of Difficulty:  Introductory

Audience: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants

Domain of OT: Client factors, performance skills and occupations 

Process of OT: Evaluation and Intervention