• Continuing Education
  • Vision Rehabilitation: Understanding and Managing Visual Impairment Across the Continuum of Care

    Course Date: May 20, 2017  –  May 20, 2017

    This course follows a blended learning approach, consisting of both online and live on-site components. The required online home study must be completed prior to the live course date.

    Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm 

    Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
    Assembly Rooms 1 and 2
    3599 University Blvd South
    Jacksonville, FL  32216 

    The course is designed to promote education and training for rehabilitation therapists and nurses on the procedures and methods to screening for visual impairment across the continuum of care. Screening methods will aid practitioners in better identifying age- related pathological change and/or an acquired change in visual status secondary to neurological incidence.  Course topics will also include interpretation of optometry documentation, as rehab therapists and nurses may glean insight into the functional barriers secondary to altered visual status. Practitioners will learn the importance and benefits to team collaboration with optometry for best patient outcomes. Rehabilitation specialists will learn the importance of understanding visual function and how it relates to safety with mobility. The course will outline procedures for instructing clients and caregivers on the use of sighted guide technique and self protection techniques specific to persons with visual disability. The online learning segment will enhance the learner’s knowledge on the anatomy and physiology of the visual system. 

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to: 

    • Properly screen clients for visual impairment and determine the immediate environmental modifications required to improve safety, comfort, and participation in daily activities including scheduled therapies
    • Determine need for optometric referral and consultation of vision rehab services
    • Determine the impact of visual status on functional outcomes and communicate barriers for team conference contributions, team collaboration, and/or family/caregiver education
    • Communicate screening findings to the attending physician and consulting optometrist in use of a collaborative model
    • Initiate intervention modifications for the client with visual impairment specific to their visual needs
    • Interpret optometry documentation and relate exam findings to functional outcomes and barriers to safety
    • Identify visual signs and symptoms associated with age-related pathological change versus newly acquired neurological change diagnoses specific
    • Instruct patients and caregivers alike on the proper and safe use of sighted guide technique and self protection technique for participation in functional and community mobility related tasks
    • Communicate a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of visual system and gross systems integration

    Sarah LaRosa, MOT, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT
    Katelyn W. Jordan, O.D. 

    The information presented in this course is clinically relevant for licensed Physical Therapist (PT), Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Occupational Therapist (OT), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and nursing designations. 

    1.2 CEUs (4 hours online home study + 8 hours on-site)

    This course has been approved for 12 hours (1.2 CEUs) by the following boards:

    • Florida Physical Therapy Association
    • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
    • Florida Board of Nursing
    • Florida Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

    Based on the criterion provided by the AOTA this is a category 2 intermediate course that falls into the group of general practice/health/medical.

    This course includes an online component that each participant must complete at least 24 hours prior to attending the live on-site session. The home study consists of an online presentation and quiz. Participants must pass the quiz with a 70% or higher to successfully complete the home study. Information on how to access the online home study will be provided in your payment confirmation email. 


    • Standard Ticket: $360.00
    • Brooks Clinician: $150.00
    • Student: $75.00

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    If you would like to pay by check, cash, or Brooks department*, please print this registration form, and send it to us with your payment. Please make checks payable to Brooks Rehabilitation. 

    The Brooks Institute of Higher Learning will provide reasonable accommodations for learners with special needs. Please contact the Brooks IHL @ info@BrooksIHL.org for more information and/or for a special needs accommodation request.

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