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, American Foundation for the Blind, 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
  • Community Outreach, An Overview

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Introductory Courses

  • Blindness Basics
  • Introduction to Low Vision and Adults
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Human Eye 1
  • Human Eye 2
  • Eccentric Viewing
  • Diabetes: Toward Self-Management

Independent Living

  • Developing Your Technology Tool Kit
  • Guide Dogs
  • Independent Living: The Beginnings
  • Independent Living: Orientation and Mobility Basics
  • Independent Living: Socializing and Dining
  • Independent Living: Clothing Care & Dressing Confidently
  • Independent Living: Cooking
  • Independent Living: Personal Care
  • Independent Living: Housekeeping
  • Independent Living: Basic Home Maintenance
  • Self-Esteem and Adjusting with Blindness
  • Self-Help Groups: An Introduction
  • Self-Help Groups: Advanced Topics
  • Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition
  • Contracted Braille, UEB Edition
  • Transitioning to UEB
  • Going Places

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Older Persons and Visual Impairment

  • Attitudes and Consumer Outcomes – A Positive Approach
  • Demographics of Aging and Visual Impairment
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Aging and Visual Impairment
  • Andragogy and Theories of Aging
  • Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competence

Common Age-Related Eye Conditions and Treatments

  • Eye Conditions and Medical Treatments Introduction
  • Overview of Common Age Related Eye Conditions
  • Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Lecture
  • Cataracts Lecture
  • Diabetic Retinopathy Lecture
  • Glaucoma Lecture
  • Neuro-Ophthalmic Causes of Vision Loss Lecture

Physical Issues Affecting Older Persons

  • Vision and Hearing Loss
  • Pulmonary Conditions Affecting Older Person
  • Bone and Joint Issues Affecting Older Persons
  • Mental health and Older Persons
  • Diabetes and Visual Impairment
  • Cardiovascular Disease and Aging

Social Issues Affecting Older Persons with Visual Impairment

  • Building Self-Esteem and Self Confidence in Older Persons with Visual Impairment
  • The Role of the Family with Older Persons with Visual Impairment
  • Social and Leisure Needs of Older Persons with Visual Impairment

Providing Services to Older Persons with Visual Impairment

  • Alternative Skills of r Older Persons with Visual Impairment
  • Orientation and Mobility Services for Older Persons with Visual Impairment
  • Low Vision Services for Older Persons with Visual Impairment
  • Assistive Technologies for Older Persons with Visual Impairment
  • Employment of Older Persons with Visual Impairment

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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