Training and Professional Developments
Vision rehabilitation has the potential to greatly benefit individuals with visual impairments by enhancing their personal independence and improving their quality of life. Unfortunately, these services are limited to less than 10% of the population in India. A major challenge in providing services to those in need is the lack of trained professionals. Professional training is crucial in vision rehabilitation as it offers specialized knowledge, skill development, evidence-based practices, interdisciplinary collaboration, and continuous learning.
To address this issue, the partnership initiative of Vision-Aid and the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad offers two professional educational programs. These programs ensure practitioners can provide effective and up-to-date care to individuals with visual impairments. Such training is crucial to meet the significant demand for vision rehabilitation services. By transferring knowledge, enhancing domain expertise, and fostering collaboration, professional training empowers practitioners with the necessary skills and competence to deliver high-quality services and effectively cater to the diverse needs of individuals with vision impairments.
1. The Blended Training Program in Low Vision Rehabilitation is designed for eye care professionals, such as optometrists and ophthalmologists, to acquire essential clinical skills in identifying, examining, and managing individuals with low vision. This program offers online classes and hands-on training, providing flexibility and convenience for busy professionals. The curriculum covers various low-vision rehabilitation topics, including assessment, psychosocial implications, assistive devices, paediatric low vision, and more. By completing the program, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively serve individuals with low vision, improving their quality of life.
2. The Short-Term Fellowship in Early Intervention is a comprehensive training program designed to equip professionals with the skills and knowledge to provide effective early intervention services to individuals with vision impairment and additional disabilities. Participants gain a deep understanding of child development, assessment tools, individualized case management, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The program covers various topics related to early intervention, including communication development, motor skills, assistive technology, and advocacy.
Features of the program:
- Learning from Experts: Opportunity to learn from qualified and experienced professionals in low vision rehabilitation.
- Hands-on Learning: Participants engage in interactive activities, case studies, and practical exercises, allowing them to apply their learning directly in real-world scenarios.
- Continuing Mentorship: Mentors provide guidance, support, and feedback, helping participants enhance their skills and knowledge in low vision rehabilitation.
- Library Facility: Access to a library facility equipped with relevant resources, research materials, and literature on low vision rehabilitation.
- Opportunity to Take Part in Educational Events: Participants can actively participate in all educational events held during the program period, including workshops, seminars, and guest lectures.
- Management of Different Categories of Visual Impairment: The program provides a comprehensive understanding of identifying, assessing, and managing various categories of visual impairment and their associated challenges.
These features collectively contribute to a dynamic and enriching learning experience, equipping participants with the skills, knowledge, and exposure necessary to excel in the field of low vision rehabilitation.
The course fee for each training program, including food and shared accommodation, is INR 100,000/-.