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Assistive Technology for Individuals with Visual Impairments Certificate

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Learn how to support people with blindness and low vision to use technology for work, school, and daily living.

UMass Boston's Assistive Technology for Individuals with Visual Impairments Certificate prepares you for a career as an Assistive technology (AT) instructional specialists. AT instructional specialists work to enhance access to technology for people with blindness and visual impairment. AT specialists recommend various technologies to support people with vision loss in their daily functioning, academic work, and careers.

Graduates work in a variety of vocational, avocational, educational, and independent living settings to support people with visual impairment to meet their technology needs.

Certificate Requirements

Candidates progress through a sequence of coursework and field-based experiences to fulfill eligibility requirements as prescribed by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP).

Application Requirements

Candidates complete the UMass Boston application and submit two letters of recommendation. Applications to start in the fall are due June 1.


For more information about the AT certificate program, contact Dr. Laura Bozeman (617.287.4385) or Dr. Rachael Sessler Trinkowsky.

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How to Apply

In addition to the criteria listed below, applicants must also meet general graduate admission requirements.

  • Transcripts. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. A 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation. Emphasis should be on academic and professional references.
  • Statement of Interest and Intent (Required Writing Sample). Submit a two-part essay:
    • Explain your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies (approximately 300 words).
    • Indicate your specific interest in Assistive Technology, and discuss the type of work you would like to do in this field (at least 1,200 words).
    • This statement will be reviewed for both your overall message and your ability to write at the graduate level. Proofread your writing carefully; it is ranked according to its clarity, grammar, and syntax.
  • Personal Interview with Faculty Member. When the Office of Graduate Admissions has notified us of your completed application, we will contact qualified candidates to arrange an interview (either in person or via teleconference).

Deadlines & Cost

Deadlines: June 1 for fall

Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.

Program Cost Information: Bursar's website


Required Courses (28 Credits)

  • VISN 603 - Braille I 3 Credit(s)
  • VISN 604 - Eye Anatomy and Disease 3 Credit(s)
  • VISN 605 - Clinical and Functional Assessment of Vision 3 Credit(s)
  • VISN 660 - Introduction to Assistive Technology for People with Visual Impairments 3 Credit(s)
  • VISN 661 - Assistive Technology Assessment and Instruction for People with Visual Impairments 4 Credit(s)
  • VISN 662 - Configuration and Exploration of Assistive Technology solutions for People with Visual Impairments 4 Credit(s)
  • VISN 663 - Technological Methods of Accessibility and Accommodations for People with Visual Impairments 4 Credit(s)
  • VISN 669 - Assistive Technology for People with Visual Impairments Practicum 4 Credit(s)

Graduation Criteria

Program Requirements

Complete 28 credits from eight required courses. Those who have a background in visual impairment may be eligilbe to waive up to 9 credits.

Statute of limitations: Three years


Graduate Program Director Laura Bozeman
laura.bozeman [at]

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