NEW YORK—Lighthouse International has announced a new online course—the Lighthouse Mult-E-Skills Vision Rehabilitation Training Program—which has been designed to help health care professionals work more effectively with adults who have low vision or no vision. The course is made possible by a federal grant from The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
According to the organization, “The new program, which offers AOTA CEU credits, provides a solid framework for understanding the field of vision rehabilitation and illustrates practical techniques for working with people who have partial sight or are blind. Individual lessons cover a wide range of topics from the most common causes of vision loss in adults to improving safety in the home environment to reinforcing the proper use of low vision optical devices.” Topics in the eight-lesson program include: Introduction to Vision and Low Vision; Vision Loss and Its Impact on Function; Low Vision Optical Devices; Independent Living Skills and Indoor Orientation and Mobility.
Mark G. Ackermann, president and CEO said, “Building on our 35 years of experience in professional education for vision rehabilitation professionals, we are very pleased to offer this new web-based training program. Sixty one million Americans are at-risk of significant vision loss. It is crucial that we prepare professionals to be able to deal with the profound implications vision loss will have in all aspects of our society.”
Lighthouse International added that the program is fully accessible to professionals who may be visually impaired, as well as those who are sighted. “For example, it uses text alternatives for all visual elements and keyboard access to all program elements. Each two-lesson course in the Multi-E- Skills Vision Rehabilitation Training Program can be taken individually for $40 a credit, or the complete program is offered at a 15% discount of $360. This program is also simultaneously being launched in Arabic in the Broader Middle East North Africa (BMENA) region with the Ebsar Foundation, a leading source for clinical care and professional training located in Saudi Arabia. The Arabic version is made possible by a two-year grant from The Olayan Group.
For more information, visit www.lighthouse.org