Assisting Persons with Vision Loss to Remain at or Return to Work
This course is designed to help private rehabilitation counselors develop greater understanding and comfort when working with clients with vision loss. They will learn about common causes of vision loss found in working-age adults and how those types of vision loss may impact functions such as reading, writing, facial recognition, use of computers, movement within work environments, etc. Descriptions will be provided of the types of professionals who assess functional vision loss and how those resources can be effectively used to develop a rehabilitation plan. Examples will be provided of work modifications, job accommodations, low- and high-tech devices and training that can assist a person with vision loss to remain in a job they already know or to work in a new job. Time for case studies and questions will be provided.
As a result of this activity, participants:
- will recognize several common causes of vision loss among working-age adults
- will gain knowledge of how different types of vision loss impact function for work activities
- will be able to identify the roles of professionals who work with persons with vision loss
- will recognize when input from other professionals is needed
- will learn about devices, equipment and training that can assist persons with vision loss to function more easily in the workplace
- will gain comfort in addressing vision-loss issues in the workplace
Stella J. Frank, MA, CRC, CDMS, CCM is a Vocational and Disability Consultant and member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. Her 35+ years of professional experience includes field case management, workers compensation, long-term disability, reasonable accommodation, and forensic vocational expert work. Her knowledge and interest in vision loss stems not only from her professional experience but also from 30+ years of guiding her son who is “legally blind” through school and work challenges and assisting him to live and work as independently as possible. Though she spent most of her life in the Midwest, she has been a resident of Maine since 2018. Amber Mooney is a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist who has worked for The Iris Network in Portland Maine for almost nine years. She received her master’s in education from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 2014. Currently, she is the Program Coordinator for The Iris Network’s Rehabilitation Center and The Low Vision Center Manager.
Approval has been received for 6 CEU ethic credits for CRCs (for Bundle). Approval pending for ABVE and CLCP.
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