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Wisconsin National Agenda


A 2 or 3 credit graduate class offered through the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. DPI clock hours available. Cost: per credit pay scale UW Whitewater; about $210/cr.; no cost for clock hours except for cost of one book (approximately, $50 00) August 2-5,1999. Those taking the class for two credits will attend class in August, with one possible evening class. In addition to the August dates, those taking the class for three hours will need to return for follow-up classes which include a day of clinical on site assessments in Sept. at WSVH and a day for case study analysis on either November 6th or 20th. Those taking the class for two credits who wish to come to the follow-up classes may do so for clock hours. Instructional site: The Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped, 1700 W. State street, Janesville, WI.

Lodging: WI National Agenda funds will be available to provide lodging at a local hotel and the lunch meal will be provided each class day.

Applications by July 23, 1999.
Class size: limited; applicants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis

Prerequisite: Preliminary course work in Structure and Function of the Eye
Instructor: Dr. Susan Hunt, Ed.D., F.A.A.O.

Course Outline

  1. Taking Visual Acuities, Distance and Near
  2. Taking Other Vision Measurements (Contrast, Color, Field)
  3. Making Use of Ophthalmic Information
  4. Finding Magnification Solutions with Telescopes, Hand and Stand Magnification
  5. Finding Solutions in Glare Reduction, Contrast Enhancement or medication
  6. Communicating Findings, Making Recommendations
  7. Training Students to Use Adaptive Lenses and Equipment
  8. Networking with the Ophthalmic Community

Included in the course will be guest speakers; hands-on, practical low vision assessment and applications; case studies and evaluation and summary of the course.

Textbooks and Materials:

The Art and Practice of Low Vision. Freeman & Jose (1991)

Low Vision. A Resource Guide with Adaptation or Students with Visual Impairments. Levack, (1994)

Student evaluation: All students will be evaluated in a variety of ways. These will include but are not limited to: participation in class, knowledge of ophthalmic and low vision terminology, case studies of students, ability to interpret medical/ophthalmic records, and an essay regarding some aspect of low vision care.