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What's a Bioptic? How can COMS support potential drivers?

Original webcast date: 10/4/2017
Description: “Can I be a driver?” is an emotion packed question for a teenager who has low vision. As part of travel skills, a COMS is likely to hear this question asked by a student or curious adults. What is the COMS role in regards to pre-driver training, use of the bioptic, or student driver instruction? The presenters will answer these questions in addition to previewing a one-day workshop that focuses on the driving question for students and parents.

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Optical Devices for Individuals with Low Vision

Students with low vision benefit greatly from the use of a wide range of optical devices that include monoculars, telescopes, bioptics, hand-held magnifiers, prisms and so forth.  A good low vision exam done by a low vision specialist is done to determine exactly how the individual can use his or her vision and what devices may work best for the individual.

You may also wish to download the following information sheets:

Optical Device Training Forms

Goals and Objectives for Magnifier Training (Word or PDF)

Goals and Objectives for Telescope Training (Word or PDF)

Information for General Education Teachers (Word or PDF)

Lesson Progression for Copying - Telescope (Word or PDF)

Magnifier Lessons (Word or PDF)

Optical Device Use, Part 1: Instruction in the Use of Optical Devices

Description: Chrissy Cowan, TVI, and Cynthia Bachofer, TVI, CLVT from the Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired give an overview of the range of optical devices typically prescribed in clinical setting and the skills needed to access near and distance targets. They discuss the specific skills needed to use magnifiers and monocular telescopes and strategies for teaching students, ages 3 through 21. This program was produced in collaboration with the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Kansas Lions, Kansas School for the Blind, and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Optical Device Use, Part 1: Instruction in the Use of Optical Devices
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Optical Device Use, Part 2: Visual Access In a Range of Environments

Description: Chrissy Cowan, TVI, and Cynthia Bachofer, TVI, CLVT from the Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired give an overview of the range of optical devices typically prescribed in clinical setting and the skills needed to access near and distance targets. They discuss the specific skills needed to use magnifiers and monocular telescopes and strategies for teaching students, ages 3 through 21. This program was produced in collaboration with the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Kansas Lions, Kansas School for the Blind, and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Optical Device Use, Part 2: Visual Access In a Range of Environments
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Optical Device Use, Part 3: Selling Optical Device Use to the Tough Customer

Description: Selling Optical Device Use to the Tough Customer is presented by Chrissy Cowan, TVI, and Cynthia Bachofer, TVI, CLVT from the Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired Outreach Program. This video addresses factors that lead to rejection of optical devices, hooks to capture student buy-in, and incorporating fun activities into both distance and near visual instruction. This program was produced in collaboration with the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Kansas Lions, Kansas School for the Blind, and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Optical Device Use, Part 3: Selling Optical Device Use to the Tough Customer
Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)