Vision Rehabilitation Therapists

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

10500+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Provide therapy to patients with visual impairments to improve their functioning in daily life activities. May train patients in activities such as computer use, communication skills, or home management skills.

Common job titles of Vision Rehabilitation Therapists include:
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Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 52% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 28% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

Tasks

    Recommend appropriate mobility devices or systems, such as human guides, dog guides, long canes, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).

    Write reports or complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, or follow-up outcomes.

    Train clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and propioceptive information.

    Teach clients to travel independently, using a variety of actual or simulated travel situations or exercises.

    Train clients with visual impairments to use mobility devices or systems, such as human guides, dog guides, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).

    Teach cane skills, including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.

    Assess clients' functioning in areas such as vision, orientation and mobility skills, social and emotional issues, cognition, physical abilities, and personal goals.

    Monitor clients' progress to determine whether changes in rehabilitation plans are needed.

    Train clients to use adaptive equipment, such as large print, reading stands, lamps, writing implements, software, and electronic devices.

    Teach independent living skills or techniques, such as adaptive eating, medication management, diabetes management, and personal management.

    Identify visual impairments related to basic life skills in areas such as self care, literacy, communication, health management, home management, and meal preparation.

    Develop rehabilitation or instructional plans collaboratively with clients, based on results of assessments, needs, and goals.

    Train clients to read or write Braille.

    Administer tests and interpret test results to develop rehabilitation plans for clients.

    Collaborate with specialists, such as rehabilitation counselors, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, to provide client solutions.

    Design instructional programs to improve communication, using devices such as slates and styluses, braillers, keyboards, adaptive handwriting devices, talking book machines, digital books, and optical character readers (OCRs).

    Obtain, distribute, or maintain low vision devices.

    Provide consultation, support, or education to groups such as parents and teachers.

    Refer clients to services, such as eye care, health care, rehabilitation, and counseling, to enhance visual and life functioning or when condition exceeds scope of practice.

    Participate in professional development activities, such as reading literature, continuing education, attending conferences, and collaborating with colleagues.

Tools

Writing guides

Worthmore four-dot test devices

Tactile maps

Stop watches

Stand magnifiers

Stacking rings

Snellen eye charts

All Tools

Slicing guides

Signature guides

Rulers

Reading stands

Print readers

Pointers

Plastic eye models

Piano glasses

Penlights

Night scopes

Needle threaders

Near vision acuity charts

Monoculars

Medical measuring tapes

Long canes

Lea symbols single symbol books

Lea symbols playing cards

Lea symbols near vision cards

Lea symbols Massachusetts visual acuity test format near vision screeners

Lea symbols domino cards

Lea symbols 15-line distance charts

Lea symbols 10-line distance charts

Lea single presentation flash cards

Lea numbers near vision cards

Lea numbers 15-line distance charts

Lea numbers 10-line distance charts

Lea grating paddles

Lea crowded symbol books

Large text keyboards

Illuminated magnifiers

Illuminated cabinets

HOTV charts

Handheld magnifiers

Flashlights

Flashlight color filters

Finger puppets

Feinbloom distance charts

Eye occluders

Envelope addressing guides

Dome magnifiers

Copyholders

Contrast sensitivity test cards

Cone adaptation test sets

Color discs

Closed circuit television monitors

Check writing guides

Braille writers

Braille personal digital assistants

Braille laptop computers

Braille label makers

Braille embossers

Bar magnifiers

Bailey-Lovie Acuity Chart

Astigmatism wheel charts

Anti-glare visors

Amsler grids

Adjustable task lamps

Technologies

Ai Squared ZoomText

American Printing House for the Blind Learn Keys

American Printing House for the Blind Talking Typer

Arkenstone Atlas Speaks

Axistive BigShot Screen Magnifier

Dolphin Lunar

Freedom Scientific MAGic

All Technologies

Internet browser software

ZoomWare Screen Magnifier

Abilities

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Transportation

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

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