OIB-TAC Weekly Brief: December 14, 2023

OIB-TAC Weekly Brief: December 14, 2023

Weekly brief OIB-TAC.

OIB-TAC January Webinar: Braille and Beyond!

Please join OIB-TAC and Alice O’Reilly, Chief of the Collections Division, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), for a fun and informative conversation. With so many new and exciting things happening at NLS, it’s a great time to get to know what’s going on at the nation’s free library for people with visual and print disabilities, along with how it might be a great resource for your clients. Alice will give an overview of what NLS has to offer in audio and braille, as well as how to enroll with the NLS cooperating library in your state or territory, and share some book lists to get your clients started!

Date: Friday, January 19th, 2024, at 2:00 PM Central

Click here to register for the webinar!

Please note that there is no OIB-TAC Webinar scheduled for December.

Featured Continuing Education Course for Occupational Therapists

OIB-TAC is happy to share a free, self-paced course for occupational therapists (OTs)! This course will introduce generalist OTs to basic eye anatomy, common eye conditions, compensatory strategies, courtesy guidelines, and the importance of collaboration with vision rehabilitation professionals. For any OT interested in providing more extensive services to patients with blindness or low vision, this course will provide resources about further opportunities for education and information on certification in vision rehabilitation.

Please note that continuing education credits are not available for this course.

Course Title: Care for Occupational Therapy Patients with Low Vision: A Model for Building Successful Partnerships

Course Instructor: Tara Olson, OTR/L, CVRT, COMS

We hope you will join us in spreading the word about this course to your community partners!

Click here for more information or to enroll in the course!

Manager Minute Podcast Features OIB Services and Connections with Vocational Rehabilitation

Kendra Farrow, OIB-TAC Project Director, was recently a featured guest on the Manager Minute podcast, produced by the Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Management.

In this interview, Kendra addresses the question, “Why not ask the Older Individuals who are Blind right up front if they want to work?" Whether it’s training, job development and placement, or job retention, VR services, in conjunction with IL services, can lead to successful employment outcomes for Older Individuals who are Blind and contribute to their sense of purpose and meaning.

Click here to listen to the podcast or read the transcript!

New Article Published: Common Eye Conditions and the Impact of Vision Loss as You Age

The National Council on Aging recently published a new article written by Kendra Farrow, OIB-TAC Project Director, about the importance of regular eye exams and the key services provided by vision rehabilitation professionals to individuals experiencing vision loss. The article features Time To Be Bold, OIB-TAC’s national public awareness campaign promoting OIB services. We hope you’ll join us in sharing this article with community partners to spread awareness of OIB services!

Click here to read and share the article!