Live OIB Discussion - Staff Qualifications


Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


OIB Forum

The OIB-TAC Live Discussion series continues on November 15 at 1:00 PM Eastern time (12:00 Central, 11:00 Mountain, 10:00 Pacific), and you are invited to participate. It will last about an hour. On Thursday, you will be able to sign in to ask questions and share your success stories, tips, strategies, and concerns regarding Staff Qualifications for working with older individuals with vision loss at We will also address the path to certification, both traditional and non-traditional. This is a text-only forum, so no audio equipment is needed. The entire discussion will be archived for future reference.

Information regarding best, acceptable, and unacceptable practices for Staff Qualifications in OIB may be found on page 26 of the OIB-TAC Best Practices Report. It is recommended that you sign up on the website in advance by going to, then select “Create Account” to get started. If you have a specific question related to the forum, or a topic for a future discussion, please send it to Sophie Kershaw-Patilla at

This discussion will be led by John McMahon, PhD, CVRT, CLVT. John earned his MA Arts in Rehabilitation Teaching from Western Michigan University in 1985. Since that time, he has worked as a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) and program administrator in Maine and as a VRT, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and Low Vision Therapist in Michigan. John has served in a variety of local and international AER positions, ranging from Board of Directors and President of the Michigan chapter, Board of Directors of the Northeast Chapter, and as Chair-elect, Chair, and Immediate Past Chair of the Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Division of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER). John serves on the Board of Directors of AER. In addition, John currently holds certification in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy and Low Vision Therapy. He earned his PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University in 2013. John currently operates Northern Lights Vision Quest, LLC, a business consulting on issues involving education, rehabilitation, employment, and independent living for persons who are blind or visually impaired. He also serves as a consultant to the OIB-TAC.