[NFBOH-Cleveland] Fwd: Latest news about the Blindfold Games

Cheryl Fields cherylelaine1957 at gmail.com
Mon May 21 20:52:21 UTC 2018

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Date: Fri, 18 May 2018 07:01:50 -0700
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What is Vision Rehabilitation?  Moving Beyond Vision Loss (
Marty Schultz, 17 May 12:06 PM


This article was written by Elly du Pre, Executive Director of the
Florida Agencies Serving the Blind.  I met Elly at a recent Vision
Serve Alliance conference.

In**Part One ( https://sable.madmimi.com/c/12318?id=1742691.25029.1.b4408e9787d9be095d409e38e3d5a58e
)**, Vision Rehabilitation is explained as a service provided to all
age groups by specific agencies, with a link provided to those
agencies in Florida.  In **Part Two (
)**, the term Vision Rehabilitation is used to refer to an occupation,
a career for professionals who work with visually impaired people who
are served at those agencies.

This article explains the specific training that is provided by
licensed Teachers of the Visually Impaired, certified Vision
Impairment Specialists and other professionals in schools, and in the
independent nonprofit members of Florida Agencies Serving the Blind.

- C **ertified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists** (CVRT) work
primarily with adults, teaching new ways to do everyday tasks with
limited vision or no vision. Essential to independent living, these
activities include safe and healthy meal preparation, coins and money
identification, proper medication use, cleaning, laundering and
matching clothing, paying bills, shopping, braille or various
magnification aids, fall prevention, personal hygiene, eating skills,
and recreation and leisure activities, etc.\*

**Certified Low Vision Therapists** (CLVT) often work closely both
with optometrists who specialize in patients with low vision and with
CVRTs. CLVTs teach the use of magnifiers prescribed by low vision
optometrists, plus magnifying technologies and the use of
glare-reducing lighting and high-contrast materials to maximize the
use of a person’s remaining vision.  When remaining vision is not
sufficient to acccomplish tasks efficiently or safely,  then adaptive
techniques taught by CVRTs are incorporated.\*

- C **ertified Orientation and Mobility Specialists** (COMS) teach
visually impaired individuals to use their senses of hearing, touch,
balance and any remaining vision along with magnifiers and white canes
or dog guides to travel safely indoors and outdoors, arrive at their
destinations, and avoid falls.\*

**Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialists** (CATIS)
teach people who are blind, visually impaired or have other functional
visual limitations to use assistive technology for personal and/or
work-related activities. The technology includes smart phones, braille
or speech-based notetakers, and computers with special software that
reads aloud the content of the screen or magnifies it.\*

**Teachers of the Visually Impaired** are licensed by the State to
teach school children up to age 21 the skills they need to succeed in
school alongside sighted children. TVIs work in public schools,
schools for the blind and in private nonprofit agencies. The skills
children with vision impairments need to learn include braille, use of
magnifiers and other low vision tools, use of computers and other
technology.   They also need to acquire additional skills that sighted
children learn by observation but visually impaired children need to
be taught, such as social skills, self advocacy, self-care, simple
meal preparation, safe travel skills, and pre-vocational skills so the
children can develop goals about future careers.

- Licensed counselors, case managers, rehabilitation counselors for
job preparation and attainment, and vocational assessment specialists,
early intervention specialists for babies, and/or occupational
therapists/physical therapists also are part of a comprehensive team.

Do you need to find a local agency who provides this training?   Click
here:  https://sable.madmimi.com/c/12318?id=1742691.25031.1.4978cad0d9520da3bd4cb2cc815fc9ea
( https://sable.madmimi.com/c/12318?id=1742691.25038.1.1bbe6f62f2a1deff424da462eac129d5

Do you want to know more about these careers?  Call the Florida
Agencies Serving the Blind:  305-898-2636.

\*Thank you to www.acvrep.org (
) for definitions of the scope of practice of each certified
professional field.

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Wishing You All the Best,

Cheryl E. Fields

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human
life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will
never sit.
--D. Elton Trueblood

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