Courses that will benefit you and your staff, and provide continuing education credits, are available here from the National Research and training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, Helen Keller National Center for Deafblind Youths and Adults, and Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired. For more details on content and registration procedures, contact the individual course providers by clicking on the links below. If you are currently working in an older blind program, you may participate in courses free of charge by asking your state OIB Program Manager for a Course Access Code.

List of State Program Managers

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Introductory Courses

  • Introduction to Blindness and low Vision
  • Adjustment and Acceptance of Blindness
  • Interpreting Regular and Low Vision Eye Reports
  • The Low Down on Low Vision
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye
  • An Introduction to Assistive Technology for Individuals with Vision Loss

Common Adult Eye Conditions

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa

OIB-TAC Sponsored Courses

  • Introduction to the Independent Living for Older Individuals who are Blind Program
  • An Introduction to Community Outreach
  • Community Outreach: Creating Targeted and Accessible Presentations
  • Introduction to Best Practices for Older Individuals who are Blind Programs

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Introductory Courses

  • Introduction to Low Vision and Adults
  • Human Eye 1
  • Human Eye 2
  • Eccentric Viewing
  • Diabetes: Toward Self-Management

Independent Living

  • Developing Your Technology Tool Kit
  • Guide Dogs
  • Self-Esteem and Adjusting with Blindness
  • Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition
  • Contracted Braille, UEB Edition
  • Transitioning to UEB

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Confident Living: A Course for People Supporting Older Adults with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss. This online course consists of 9 modules on the following topics:

  • Understanding Hearing Loss
  • Understanding Vision Loss
  • Orientation & Mobility (O&M)
  • Communication
  • SSP (Support Service Providers) and Volunteers
  • Leisure & Recreation
  • Independent Living
  • Self Advocacy and Maintaining Independence
  • Elder Law