Welcome to a series of three videos in a web based training series on optical device uses. This presentation is instruction in the use of optical devices.
This webcast explains skills needed for using near devices and describes the rationale for supporting students’ visual independence and building proficiency in a range of tasks. Building proficiency and finding the confidence to use these tools is a challenge across the life span. Participants will learn steps for integrating prescribed optical devices into educational and functional daily living tasks.
This presenation focuses on distances devices — teaching the skills needed for efficient telescope uses. Students with low vision do not automatically develop skills of using tools and strategies to access visual information, and few materials exist to guide needed instruction in the use of optical devices.
Knowing when to use and why to use optical devices or visual strategies to gain information is an essential part of building proficiency and confidence as a device user. This webcast describes opportunities for family members and educational staff (COMS, TVI, classroom teachers) to collaborate in teaching spatial/educational concepts of school, home, and the community. Examples for encouraging visual curiosity and exploration of the environment as student interests and goals change are provided throughout the presentation.
This is training video number three in a series of three web based training sessions on optical device uses.
Student rejection of optical devices is a familiar topic for teachers of students with visual impairments. This presentation outlines the primary reasons for rejection and strategies that can build motivation for student use. Explicit instruction for integrating device use into daily routines in the classroom and beyond is also discussed.
This series is presented in collaboration with Lions Clubs International Foundation, Kansas Lions, Kansas School for the Blind, and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.