Online Course: Low Vision in Older Adults: Foundations for Rehabilitation, 2nd Edition
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Authors: Roy Gordon Cole, OD, FAAO, Yu-Pin Hsu, EdD, OT, SCLV, and Gordon Rovins, MS, CEAC
Earn .8 CEU (10 NBCOT PDUs/8 contact hours)
Available from AOTA Continuing Education in collaboration with the Lighthouse Guild, New York City, NY
An important low vision CE course. Help your clients live life to its fullest with Low Vision in Older Adults: Foundations for Rehabilitation, 2nd Edition!
Clients with low vision have unique needs to safely and independently engage in preferred occupations. Designed for occupational therapy practitioners working with clients with low vision, AOTA is proud to present the special second edition of Low Vision in Older Adults. This online continuing education course provides learners with an overview of the causes of low vision, explores the impact of low vision on occupational performance, and describes effective interventions. The course emphasizes optical considerations and strategies for environmental adaptation.
· Support Tools—training and troubleshooting videos and handouts are embedded in the course. These materials can be shared with clients to educate and demonstrate the use of low vision devices.
· Case Examples and Reflection Questions—describe the low vision rehabilitation process and various low vision scenarios in a manner designed to facilitate clinical reasoning and teach specific techniques.
· Photos and Anatomical Images —used extensively to illustrate concepts pertaining to the eye and vision loss, and to provide examples of compensatory techniques and adaptive devices for ADLs and IADLs.
· Mobile Access – the course can be easily viewed on a tablet making your learning portable and facilitating the sharing of support tool resources with clients.
Occupational therapy practitioners will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective low vision rehabilitation care for clients as part of a vision rehabilitation team. The course includes the following four modules:
Module 1: An Orientation to Vision Loss provides an overview of the field of low vision rehabilitation, types of low vision devices, and functional and emotional aspects of clients’ lives that are impacted by low vision.
Module 2: Vision Enhancement with Magnification offers principles and strategies for helping clients use optical devices to facilitate occupational performance and participation.
Module 3: Environmental Concerns for Clients with Low Vision provides approaches for evaluating and modifying environments to facilitate a client’s use of remaining vision for optimum occupational performance and safety.
Module 4: Techniques and Devices for ADLs and IADLs delivers strategies for applying compensatory techniques and adaptive devices to facilitate safe and successful completion of daily occupations, including activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living.
After completing this course, you will:
1. Recognize the effects of various vision conditions on occupational performance.
2. Select appropriate basic optical interventions that can facilitate occupational performance and participation for a client with low vision.
3. Delineate the role and scope of practice of the occupational therapy practitioner, as well as the other members of the vision rehabilitation team, in addressing the rehabilitation needs of a client with low vision.
4. Identify elements that support or limit occupational performance and participation when evaluating the contexts and environments of a client with low vision.
5. Identify strategies to facilitate the use of remaining vision through modification of a client’s environment.
6. Specify vision-specific adaptive devices to enhance performance in activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living.
7. Identify visual and nonvisual strategies and techniques to facilitate a client’s safe negotiation of an environment.
8. Specify occupation-based interventions to enable a client with low vision to achieve his or her occupational performance goals.
This course may be used to support one of the Knowledge criteria required for AOTA Low Vision Specialty Certification.
Roy Gordon Cole, OD, FAAO, graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1972 and practiced privately in California until 1977. Dr. Cole moved to New York and became a faculty member of the State University of New York SUNY College of Optometry, where he attained the rank of professor. He taught physical optics and ophthalmic optics, had a special interest in the areas of educational technology and computer applications in patient care, and was active in the low vision service at the College of Optometry. In 2000, he retired from SUNY and joined the staff at Jewish Guild Healthcare, where he is currently director of vision program development. His particular areas of interest are models of care of vision rehabilitation and education and training programs for consumers and professionals. Dr. Cole is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center, and he had a private practice limited to low vision care in Brooklyn, NY for over 10 years.
Dr. Cole has served on the Executive Councils, of the Low Vision Sections of both the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry. He is also a Low Vision Diplomate in the Academy. He has lectured extensively and published articles and chapters on topics in low vision rehabilitation.
Yu-Pin Hsu, EdD, OT, SCLV, has 13 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings, including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, neurological disorders, and performing arts medicine. For the past 6 years, she has dedicated herself to low vision rehabilitation, earning a graduate certificate in low vision rehabilitation from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2008, and specialty certification in low vision from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2013.
In addition to being a part-time occupational therapist at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, where she developed a low vision rehabilitation program, Dr. Hsu is on the staff of Jewish Guild Healthcare, developing and conducting low vision training for health professionals. She is also a frequent guest lecturer promoting the inclusion of low vision rehabilitation in the occupational therapy program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City. In addition, she is a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music, where she teaches musicians how to avoid injury while practicing.
Dr. Hsu holds a bachelor and master of music from the Manhattan School of Music and a master of science and doctor of education from Columbia University in New York.
Gordon Rovins, MS, CEAC, is a nationally certified environmental accessibility consultant and is currently director of Special Programs at Jewish Guild Healthcare in New York City. He has over 30 years’ experience working with people with disabilities, primarily in residential settings. For many years, he was director of Joselow House, a residential facility serving adults with developmental disabilities who are blind that was formerly operated by the Guild.
Since 1987, Mr. Rovins has also worked as an accessibility and modification consultant providing training and information to architects and interior designers, as well as hospitals, nursing homes, and agencies, on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Federal Housing Amendments Act. He has advised agencies on designing facilities specifically for older adults, people with AIDS, people with vision impairments, and people with other disabling conditions.
Learning Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
AOTA Classification Codes for Continuing Education Activities
Category 1: Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation and Activity Demands
Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention