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Vice President Education and Training, Annemarie O’Hearn

Our low vision rehabilitation training programs prepare healthcare professionals in all care settings to identify functional vision problems, address vision issues in the care setting and refer patients to low vision services.  This ultimately improves the effectiveness and quality of care being provided to people with vision loss. 

Our programs include customized content and subject matter tailored to the individual professional practices.  We offer training in a variety of formats including:

  • Workshops for health care professionals
  • Train-the-trainer workshops
  • Online continuing education courses
  • Webinars
  • Instructional DVDs and printed materials

Our professional education programs are designed for a broad range of healthcare professionals including:

  • Ophthalmologists and optometrists, and their residents
  • Occupational therapists*
  • Physical therapists
  • Nurses and physician assistants
  • Ophthalmic technicians
  • Social workers
  • Healthcare students

*We are an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) approved provider of continuing education.

Our continuing education programs and instructional resources include: 

Low Vision in Older Adults:  Foundations for Rehabilitation – Online Course
A four part continuing education course designed for occupational therapists in all care settings.  Offered in partnership with the American Occupational Therapy Association.  .8 AOTA CEUs. (8 contact hours)

Caring for People with Vision Loss – Online Webinar
A 90-minute online continuing education webinar designed for nurses who work with or interact with people with vision loss in all settings. Offered in partnership with the New York State Nurses Association.  1.5 ANA CEUs.

Mult-E-Skills Vision Rehabilitation Training Program – Online Course
An eight lesson program for professionals interested in learning more about and/or working with people who are blind or visually impaired.  10 ACVREP CEUs.

Caring for People with Vision Loss at Home – Instructional Video
A video designed for those who provide direct care services in the home. The four part video demonstrates the correct way to assist people with vision loss in basic daily activities. Click on link to view one of the video’s segments.

Guide Techniques – Instructional Video
A video designed for those who work with or interact with people with vision loss in all settings.  Independent travel techniques are reviewed and the basic steps for the guide technique to walk with a blind or visually impaired person are taught.  Click on the link to view the video.  English Spanish