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Improving Education for Individuals with Visual Impairments.

Summer 2017 Professional Development Courses

Summer 2017 May 30-August 24

Link to Summer 2017 Registration Form

Tuition is $1400/course plus $10 records fee.

Please send the completed registration form and your tuition payment by May 8, 2017 to:

Laura Bozeman
Vision Studies
UMass Boston
Bayside Center Room 428
100 William T Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

Any questions, contact Laura Bozeman

VISN 602: Education of Students with Visual Impairments (3 credits)  

Class #: 1285

Location: Online 

Instructor: Heidi Henshaw 

Course 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 impairment on child development.  

Prepracticum: 5-7 hours 

Required Texts:

1. Foundations of education (3rd ed.) Volume 1: History and Theory of Teaching Children and Youths with Visual Impairments.  Eds: Holbrook, M.C.; McCarthy, T.S.; Kamei-Hannan, C.; & Zebehazy, K.T. Copyright: 2017 Available from: 

2. Self-esteem and adjusting with blindness: The process of responding to life's demands, 3rd ed. 
Authors: Tuttle, D.W. and Tuttle, N.R. 
Copyright: 2004 
Available from:  

3. The national agenda for the education of children and youths with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities - Revised.  Available through this link

VISN 646: Introduction to Audiology and the Human Auditory System (3 credits) 

Class #: 1293 
Location: Online 
Instructor: J.K. Bozeman 

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. 


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