Title: Optical Device Use

Category: Low Vision

Presenters from TSBVI:

  • Chrissy Cowan, M.Ed., TVI
  • Cynthia Bachofer, Ph.D., TVI, CLVT

Quick Links

Link to the section 1: Instruction in the Use of Optical Devices
Part 1 (14 videos at 38m 23s), Part 2 (13 videos at 36m 45s)

Link to the section 2: Eyes on the World: Visual Access in a Range of Environments
24 videos at 54m 58s

Link to the section 3: Selling Optical Device Use to the Tough Customer
12 videos at 35m 26s


Introduction to this video-based training series

These videos are comprised of a three-part web-based training series on optical device use for students with low vision. The videos will guide the viewer through skills needed for near and distance devices, application of these skills in a variety of environments, strategies for making optical device training interesting, and techniques for building student motivation to use optical devices. This series is presented in collaboration with the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Kansas Lions, Kansas School for the Blind, and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

I. Instruction in the Use of Optical Devices

Students with low vision do not automatically develop skills of using tools and strategies to access visual information, and few materials exist to guide needed instruction in the use of optical devices. This presentation describes the rationale for supporting students’ visual independence and building proficiency in a range of tasks. Part 1 explains skills needed for using near devices and Part 2 focuses on distances devices. Building proficiency and finding the confidence to use these tools is a challenge across the life span. Participants will learn steps for integrating prescribed optical devices into educational and functional daily living tasks.

Link to the section 1: Instruction in the Use of Optical Devices
Part 1 (14 videos at 38m 23s), Part 2 (13 videos at 36m 45s)

II. Eyes on the World: Visual Access In a Range of Environments

Knowing when to use and why to use optical devices or visual strategies to gain information is an essential part of building proficiency and confidence as a device user. Adult instruction and support, across a range of environments, is necessary for students to develop the habit of integrating device use throughout their day and increasing visual independence. This presentation describes opportunities for family members and educational staff (COMS, TVI, classroom teachers) to collaborate in teaching spatial/educational concepts of school, home, and the community. Examples for encouraging visual curiosity and exploration of the environment as student interests and goals change are provided throughout the presentation.

Link to the section 2: Eyes on the World: Visual Access in a Range of Environments
24 videos at 54m 58s

III. Selling Optical Device Use to the Tough Customer

Student rejection of optical devices is a familiar topic for teachers of students with visual impairments. This presentation outlines the primary reasons for rejection and strategies that can build motivation for student use. Explicit instruction for integrating device use into daily routines in the classroom and beyond is also discussed.

Link to the section 3: Selling Optical Device Use to the Tough Customer
12 videos at 35m 26s