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for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

Vision Rehabilitation Therapists

According to the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP), vision rehabilitation therapists (also called rehabilitation teachers) work in center-based or itinerant settings and "instruct persons with vision impairments in the use of compensatory skills and assistive technology that will enable them to live safe, productive, and independent lives."

Vision rehabilitation therapists teach:

  • Communication systems (use of braille or optical devices)
  • Personal management skills
  • Home management techniques
  • Activities of daily living
  • Leisure and recreation skills
  • Psychosocial aspects of blindness and vision loss
  • Medical management (use of adaptive medical equipment)
  • Basic orientation and mobility (O&M) skills

Vision rehabilitation therapists work with visually impaired people of all ages, including those with multiple disabilities such as deaf-blindness. They work with college students, older blind persons, youths in transition to adult services, and employed persons requiring training and workplace management techniques while on the job.

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