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Vision Studies

  • VISN 601  Physical and Functional Aspects of Visual Impairments

    Description:
    The student is introduced to the structure and function of the main systems of the human body and to those chronic conditions which may affect these systems. Emphasis will be placed on disabilities most frequently seen in conjunction with visual impairments and how the combined impact will affect instruction for individuals with vision impairment. Having covered these areas, each of the sensory systems will also be explored with the mechanics of locomotion and psychomotor factors influencing mobility.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 602  Education of Students with Visual Impairments

    Description:
    This course examines the philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of special education services to students with visual impairments. This course overviews the wide array of services and resources available to support students with visual impairments. Topics include legislation, service systems, roles and responsibilities of specialized service providers, and the impact of visual impairments on child development. In addition to the class assignments, students are required to observe and assist with a student who is visually impaired, one day per week for five weeks.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 603  Braille I

    Description:
    This course prepares participants to teach the reading and writing of Grade 2 Braille. Students learn to write literary Braille using both a Perkins Brailler and a slate and stylus. Topics include reading-readiness, tracking, tactile discrimination, and reading methods.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 604  Visual Functioning

    Description:
    This course begins with a practical look at the functional impact of visual impairment through the use of simulated exercises. This is followed by a series of medically-related lectures by affiliated ophthalmologists. Topics include the structure of the eye, the assessment of normal and abnormal vision, optics, and the functional implications of common pathologies. Students discuss low-vision services and participate in "hands-on" training within a low-vision clinic.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 605  Implications of Low Vision

    Description:
    This course goes beyond the physical aspects of vision loss introduced in SPE G 511 to look at functional and psychological aspects. The course includes a review of clinical procedures and the interpretation of clinical reports. Emphasis is given to conducting individualized functional vision assessments. The previous study of optics is applied to optical low-vision devices. The course provides a practical, hands-on approach to learning through vision-simulation activities and the development of a functional vision-assessment kit.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 610  Braille II

    Description:
    This course is designed for vision teachers to expand their current level of Braille competency. Students will study tools used in mathematics, including Nemeth Code, Scientific Notebook software, and the abacus. Braille formats typical of educational materials will be studied. Students will review the Literary Braille code with a focus on memorization while investigating the national literacy issues that are driving public policy.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 611  Technology and Visual Impairments

    Description:
    This course will assist participants in understanding assistive technology to meet the educational needs of children who are blind and visually impaired. The goal is to educate the participants about assessment, acquisition, and implementation of assistive technology to foster academic independence in their students who are blind or visually impaired. In addition, participants will identify the latest and most appropriate technology for the needs of the Pre K-12 child with visual impairments. Legal issues, funding, inclusion of technology on the IEP, and resources for support and training also will be examined.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 612  Orientation and Mobility and Independent Living Skills

    Description:
    This course examines the functional implications of vision loss on primary activities of daily living, with emphasis in basic methodologies of Orientation and Mobility and Rehabilitation Teaching. Exploration of life skills essential to independence will be addressed, with attention to a diverse population of children with a variety of visual capabilities. Weekly lecture content will be enhanced by functional lab activities designed to give students the opportunity to experience and critically assess the effectiveness of current methodology.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 613  Assessment for Students with Visual Impairments including Multiple Disabilities

    Description:
    This course examines and explores the unique educational needs of children with visual impairments and children with visual and multiple impairments as well as techniques for assessment related to teaching these children in a full array of educational settings from ages 3-22. Topics include assessment specifically designed for students with visual impairments, and those in the expanded core curriculum. Issues related to team approaches to assessment, and evaluations are also presented. This course requires a field-based placement/pre-practicum requirement of a minimum of 30 hours.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 614  Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students with VI including Multiple Disabilities

    Description:
    This course examines and explores the unique educational needs of children with visual impairments and children with visual and multiple impairments as well as techniques for instruction related to teaching these children in a full array of educational settings from ages 3-22. Topics include program planning for core and expanded core curriculum, adaptive techniques, and diverse communication systems. This course requires a field-based placement/pre-practicum requirement of a minimum of 30 hours. The necessity for a transdisciplinary approach will be stressed. The course requires (a) classroom lectures, discussions and group work, (b) reading and video assignments, (c) research assignments, (d) varying field-based experiences, and (e) completion of several case studies.   More Info

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  • VISN 619  Teacher of the Visually Impaired Practicum

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    • TBA
  • VISN 620  Methods of Orientation and Mobility

    Description:
    This course examines the foundations of learning and teaching orientation and mobility. The weekly lectures provide an introduction to the principles of concept development, spatial orientation, and environmental analysis as these topics relate to independent travel by visually-impaired individuals. In addition, a teacher-guided practicum lab meets for weekly sessions, totaling 120 hours throughout the semester.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 621  Orientation and Mobility Assessment and Instructional Strategies: Children

    Description:
    This course is the first of two instructional strategy courses. It applies foundations and methods to the specific populations of preschool, elementary, and transition-age visually impaired children, including those with additional disabilities. Assessment tools are introduced and applied with an emphasis on the development of participants' skills in observation, information gathering, and task analysis. Participants develop specific objectives and design lessons for instructing children. This course requires an additional minimum daytime participation of six to eight hours per week to acquire 80 hours of instructional experience.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 622  Orientation and Mobility Assessment- Adult

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    • TBA
  • VISN 628  Orientation and Mobility Praxis Lab

    Description:
    This required course is to be taken concurrently or before VISN 620 Methods of Orientation and Mobility. In this lab, students will learn techniques and training approaches that will enable them to teach people who are blind and visually impaired to travel safely and efficiently. Through use of blindfold and low vision simulators, students will have the opportunity to learn, experience, and teach orientation and mobility skills and techniques. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge of skills and techniques, ability to communicate while teaching, ability to safely and effectively monitor others whole teaching and class participation.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 629  Orientation and Mobility Practicum

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    • TBA
  • VISN 631  Methods of Vision Rehabilitation Therapy I

    Description:
    This course is designed to provide the learner with hands-on instruction, independent learning and laboratory practice in the methodologies and adaptive techniques utilized by the professional Vision Rehabilitation Therapist in the personal management, recreation and leisure areas of Independent Living Skills. This course will emphasize the utilization of adaptive techniques and resources gathering, and will address skills that are applicable for adults and older adults as well as children and adolescents. Laboratory experience with blindfolds and low vision simulators will provide each learner with the opportunity to practice recommended techniques and adaptations that will facilitate the teaching of selected independent Living Skills to students, clients and consumers who are blind or who have low vision.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 632  Methods of Vision Rehabilitation Therapy II

    Description:
    This course is designed to provide the learner with hands-on instruction, independent learning and laboratory practice in the methodologies and adaptive techniques utilized by the professional vision rehabilitation therapist in the Communications/Technology areas of Independent Living Skills. This course will emphasize the utilization of adaptive techniques and resources gathering, and will address skills that are applicable for adults and older adults as well as children and adolescents. Laboratory experiences with blindfolds and low vision simulators will provide each learner with the opportunity to practice recommended techniques and adaptations that will facilitate the teaching of selected Independent Living Skills to students, clients, and consumers who are blind or who have low vision.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 639  Visual Rehabilitation Therapy Practicum

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    • TBA
  • VISN 640  Psychosocial Aspects of Visual Impairment

    Description:
    This course will investigate the psychosocial aspects of vision loss. Coping techniques and issues of self-esteem will be explored along with principles of self-determination. Other topics include the psychosocial aspects of personal life management such as orientation and mobility, use of volunteers, sexuality, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Psychosocial issues specific to people from diverse cultures will also be addressed.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 641  Advanced Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students with VI including Multiple Disabilities

    Description:
    This course is designed for educational practitioners currently holding state licensure as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment (TVI). Participants will further examine and explore the unique educational needs of children with visual impairments and the skills related to teaching these children in full array of educational settings; Pre-K through grade 12. Topics include advanced teaching strategies in the core and expanded core curriculums, such as: advanced literacy, career-vocational skills, visual efficiency and compensatory auditory strategies. Instruction will also address areas such as: advanced material modifications, strategies to teach learners to identify and organize critical content as well as instruction for students with visual impairments and additional disabilities.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 642  Technology for Students with VI and Multiple Disabilities

    Description:
    This course will assist students in understanding how technology can provide access to communication and to the curriculum for children who are visually impaired with additional disabilities including deaf blindness. Students will explore a spectrum of assistive technology from simple technology to high tech and develop a framework to identify features to meet the educational needs of this population. Methods of using assistive technology to support curriculum will be explored and demonstrated through the creation of customized computer activities using current multimedia authoring programs. Strategies for integrating assistive technology into the classroom in both self-contained and inclusive settings will be discussed.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 643  Foundation of Research in Visual Impairments

    Description:
    This course is designed to introduce students to basic research design and methods used in special education, especially in the area of visual impairments. Students will learn to critically analyze research literature and will have the opportunity to design a small-scale research proposal. Due to the unique challenges investigators face when researching issues in the area of visual impairments, this course will discuss many of the obstacles the student may encounter when working in the area of low incidence disabilities. Modules will include: research methodologies and approaches, participants, and analysis of data.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 644  Auditory Access to Digital Informaton for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment

    Description:
    This course provides an in-depth study of access methods to digital material currently available for students using screen readers and audio files for curriculum and instructional needs. Course participants will work with commercially available software packages, as well as the widening range of free screen readers and audio applications. This course simulates methods of operation employed by visually impaired students. Screen reader features and capabilities for JAWS will be studies in-depth. Methods of audio file creation and acquisition will be covered, along with options for necessary players. Methods for working with students with a variety of needs will be covered.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 645  Music Braille

    Description:
    This online course is designed to train participants to teach reading of elementary and intermediate level braille music. Important aspects for teaching braille users to read braille music are covered. Participants will learn music braille notations and basic transcription rules for preparing elementary and intermediate level braille music. The use of special computer software to translate music into braille, and sources for acquiring braille music are reviewed. Participants are required to use a braille editor for completing all exercises and to submit exercises in digital format. This course offers an international connection in that there are often students from different countries taking the course.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 646  Introduction to Audiology and the Human Auditory System

    Description:
    This course will cover the nature of sound and how humans perceive it. Sound in the environment and how sound is used by humans to move through their environment will also be explored. Topics include the basics of sound, anatomy and physiology of the auditory system with an emphasis on function, common disorders of the auditory system, and how these disorders are manifested. The principles of basic audiology and how to understand and relate to the audiologist provide a foundation for hearing both clinically and functionally. Students will learn hearing aid technology and the application of that technology to various auditory disorders in a functional sense.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 648  Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment

    Description:
    This course provides an in-depth study of CVI and resources available for assessment and instructional strategies. participants will further examine and explore the unique educational needs of children with CVI and the skills related to teaching these children in a full array of educational settings; Pre-K through grade 12. Topics include teaching strategies in the core and expanded core curriculums, such as: literacy, career-vocational skills, visual efficiency and compensatory auditory strategies. Instruction will also address material modifications and accommodations.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA
  • VISN 697  Special Topics

    Description:
    An advanced course offering intensive study of selected topics in this subject area.   More Info

    Offered in:
    • TBA