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Improving Education for Individuals with Visual Impairments.
 

Spring 2017 Professional Development On-line Courses

Spring Semester Dates: January 30 - May 6, 2017

Registration and payment for VISN courses are due by Friday, January 13, 2017.
Download the Spring 2017 Course Registration Form — Cost is $1200 per course plus $10 records fee.
​Completed registration form and check are to sent to: Laura Bozeman, Vision Studies - UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125

The following courses are being offered this Spring:

1. VISN 640: Psycho-social Aspects of Visual Impairments

2. VISN 646: Introduction to Audiology

2. VISN 648: Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment


VISN 640: Psycho-social Aspects of Visual Impairments

Class Number: 5211
Location: Online
Instructor: Terri Benton
Credits: 3

Course 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.
Required Texts

1.   Tuttle, Dean W. & Naomi R. (2004).  Self-Esteem and Adjusting with Blindness:

  • The Process of Responding to Life's Demands. Springfield: Charles C. Thomas.  Publisher Ltd., [3rd edition].

2.   Milian, Madeline & Erin, Jane N. (2010). Editors. Diversity and Visual

  • Impairment: The Influence of Race, Gender, Religion and Ethnicity on the Individual.  New York:  American Foundation for the Blind Press. www.afb.org

Optional Texts

1.   Herrmann, Dorothy. (1998). Helen Keller: A Life.  New York, Alfred A. Knopf.

2.   Lash, Joseph P. (1997). Helen and Teacher:  The Story of Helen Keller and Anne

  • Sullivan Macy.  Reading, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. Please order the format that best suits your needs.

VISN 646: Introduction to Audiology and the Human Auditory System

Class #: TBA
Online
Instructor: J.K. Bozeman
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.

Texts: All required readings are provided within the course.


VISN 648: Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment

Class #: 13062
Location: Online
Instructor: Ellen Cadigan Mazel
Credits: 3

Course 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.

Required Text:

1. Cortical Vision Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention

  • Author: Christine Roman-Lantzy
  • Copyright: 2007
  • Available from: www.afb.org

Please order the format that best suits your needs.

Additional articles that are required readings are listed in the syllabus and provided within the course.



Registration and payment for VISN courses are due by Friday, January 13, 2017.
Download the Spring 2017 Course Registration Form — Cost is $1200 per course plus $10 records fee.
​Completed registration form and check are to sent to: Laura Bozeman, Vision Studies - UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125

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