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Improving Education for Individuals with Visual Impairments.

Fall 2017 O&M Courses

VISN 601: Physical & Functional Aspects of Visual Impairment

Currently Offered: 
Offered this semester
Instructor: 
Scott Myers, DPT
Course #: 
7669
Location: 
Online
Class Information
Credits: 
3

Course 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 visual impairment. Having covered these areas, each of the sensory systems will also be explored with the mechanics of locomotion and psychomotor factors influencing mobility.

Most materials for this course will be available on-line. The resources below are recommended.

All texts can be purchased directly from the publisher using the links above. Please order the format that best suits your needs.

Required Texts: 

Perkins Activity and Resource Guide: A Handbook for Teachers and Parents of Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities. 2nd Edition.

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Publisher
© 2004 Perkins School for the Blind. Watertown, MA.
Author
Heydt, Allon, Edwards, Cushman, and Clark.

Alternate Routes: Adapting Orientation and Mobility Techniques

Attribute(s): 
Publisher
© 2014 Perkins School for the Blind. Watertown, MA.
Author
Cason, Fultz and Trainor
Website
http://www.perkins.org

VISN 604: Visual Functioning

Currently Offered: 
Offered this semester
Instructor: 
Laura Bozeman
Course #: 
7670
Location: 
Online
Section: 
1
Class Information
Credits: 
3
Prepracticum: 
3 hours
Other: 
None

Course Description:In this fully on-line course, the sessions are designed to provide a basic understanding of the physical structures of the eye and their functions, an understanding of pathologies that affect the visual system and how they impact visual functioning. Topics include: structures of the eye, ocular optics, basic brain anatomy and development of vision, and functional implications of common eye diseases.

Note: There are no face-to-face session for this course.

All texts can be purchased directly from the publisher using the links above. Please order the format that best suits your needs.

Required Texts: 

Clinical Anatomy of the Visual System, 3rd ed.

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Author
Remington, L.E (2012)
Publisher
Butterworth-Heinemann:Massachusetts   $137.00
Notes
Available in print, e-book.   UMass students enter promotional code: 37982 for discount  (reduced price of $109.60)

The Eye Book: A Complete Guide to Eye Disorders and Health. Large Print Edition. © 2001

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Publisher
Johns Hopkins University Press., Baltimore, MD.
Authors
Cassel, G.H., Billig, M.D. & Randall, H.G.
Note:
Available only in print

Dictionary of Eye Terminology, 6th Edition

Attribute(s): 
Publisher
Triad Publishing Co. Gainesville, FL.
Authors
B. Cassin and S.A.B. Solomon.
Notes
Available in print and electronic format

VISN 625: Methods of Orientation and Mobility

Currently Offered: 
Offered this semester
Instructor: 
Paula Kosior
Course #: 
7674
Location: 
Online
Class Information
Credits: 
4
Prepracticum: 
120 hours through the SPE-G 641 (VISN 620) Lab

TThis course examines the foundations of learning and teaching Orientation and Mobility. A weekly on-line lecture will provide an introduction to the principles of concept development, spatial orientation, and environmental analysis as these topics relate to independent travel by individuals who are visually impaired.

All texts can be purchased directly from the publisher using the links above. Please order the format that best suits your needs.

Required Texts: 

Foundations of Orientation and Mobility, 3rd Edition

Attribute(s): 
Publisher
© 2010 AFB Press. New York, NY.
Editors
Bruce B. Blasch, William R. Weiner and Richard L. Welch

Orientation and Mobility Techniques: A Guide for the Practitioner.

Attribute(s): 
Publisher
© 1976 American Foundation for the Blind, New York, NY.
Authors
Hill, Everett W. and Purvis Ponder.

The Art and Science of Teaching O&M to Persons with Visual Impairments 2nd Edition

Attribute(s): 
Authors
Jacobson, W. H
Copyright
2013
Available from

Boston College Peripatology Manual

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Authors
Robert Smith, Hugo Vigoroso, and Michael Herron

Orientation & Mobility Techniques for Independence 2nd Edition.

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Publishers
© 2011 AER Publication
Authors
Steven Lagrow and Richard Long

VISN 629: O&M Practicum Seminar

Currently Offered: 
Offered this semester
Instructor: 
Paula Kosior
Course #: 
1829
Class Information
Credits: 
4

Course Description: This course is for students who have completed course work and all prepracticum hours with both children and adults. Internships may be full-time or part-time, and interns are required to keep an on-going diary of their experiences along with a capstone portfolio. Students must complete the clinical requirements set by AER and ACVREP, totaling a minimum of 350 hours. Students will also prepare for the International ACVREP application and examination for certification.

Prerequisites: All required courses in the O&M program.

VISN 646: Introduction to Audiology and the Human Auditory System

Currently Offered: 
Offered this semester
Instructor: 
J.K. Bozeman
Course #: 
14809
Location: 
Online
Class Information
Credits: 
3

Course 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.  There are no face to face classes.

Texts: All required readings are provided within the course. 

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