6 Contact Hours

This entry-level course for occupational and physical therapists and assistants as well as speech pathologists discusses approaches that are used to aid or replace seeing to facilitate functional independence. These include sensory aids that are intended for general use as well as assistive technologies that are used specifically for providing visual access to computers.

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA, SLP

Skill Level: Entry-level

Contact Hours: 6

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA 

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from, "Essentials Of Assistive Technologies (2012)" Written by Albert M. Cook, PhD, PE and Jan Miller Polgar, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.).  Copyright 2012 Elsevier, Inc.  All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, each learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the major approaches to sensory substitution, including the advantages and disadvantages of each
  2. Describe the major causes of vision loss that can be aided by assistive technologies
  3. Describe device use for reading and mobility by persons who have visual impairment
  4. Describe how computer outputs are adapted for individuals with visual limitations
  5. Describe the major approaches to Internet access for persons with visual impairments

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Introduction To Sensory Aids For Persons With Visual Impairments

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3. Coursework - Introduction To Sensory Aids For Persons With Visual Impairments

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4. Course Final and Survey - Introduction To Sensory Aids For Persons With Visual Impairments

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion