University of Alabama at Birmingham Low Vision

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University of Alabama at Birmingham Low Vision

The Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate program is the preeminent low vision rehabilitation program for occupational therapists in the world. More than half of the OTs with a Specialty Certification in Low Vision (SCLV) are UAB alumni.

Practice Update

Please join us at the 2017 Low Vision Rehabilitation Practice Update being offered on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and Sunday, June 4, 2017.

  • To visit our Practice Update home page, please click here.
  • To see the entire agenda for the two-day intensive, please click here.
  • To see the speakers, the sessions and their descriptions, please click here.
  • To register today, please click here to download our form.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Shaw with questions you may have about registration at 205-975-6860 or longs@uab.edu. And we’ll see you in Birmingham this summer!

Courses Overview and Sequence

1st Fall Semester
OT 677 – Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation I (3 credit hours)

Introduces the field of low vision rehabilitation and addresses core knowledge required for the subsequent courses. Topics include: demographics of low vision; settings and reimbursement; anatomy of the eye and visual system; medical conditions causing low vision; psychosocial adjustment to vision impairment; communication and health literacy; administration and interpretation of low vision exams and environmental assessment and modification.

1st Spring Semester
OT 679 – Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation II (3 credit hours)

Focuses on intervention strategies to improve occupational performance. Students learn to use information from evaluations to design appropriate interventions. Topics include: optics and prescribed optical devices, visual skills training, assistive technology, computer modification, reading, writing.

2nd Fall Semester
OT 690 – Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation III (3 credit hours)

Focuses on intervention strategies to improve occupational performance. Students learn to use information from evaluations to design appropriate interventions. Topics include: Activities of daily living with and without vision, functional mobility, diabetes self-management and driving.

2nd Spring Semester
OT 689 – Foundations in Treatment of Visual Impairment from Brain Injury (3 credit hours)

Focuses on adults experiencing occupational limitations due to visual processing impairment from acquired brain injury. Topics include: visual system neuroanatomy; evaluation and intervention for deficits in visual acuity and focusing; hemianopsia; oculomotor impairment; hemi-inattention and neglect.

2nd Summer Semester
OT 691- Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation IV (3 credit hours)

Focuses on ensuring the student is prepared for practice. Students must attend an intensive 2-day seminar on campus to review/demonstrate competence in evaluation and intervention.

Our nationally recognized faculty members edited and contributed chapters to the AOTA published textbook Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults with Low Vision – we literally wrote the book on the OT approach to low vision rehabilitation.

We strongly urge you to apply early. Although we are online, class space is limited. And we only accept one cohort each year beginning in the fall semester.

  • Application Deadline is June 15

You only need five courses to earn your Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate. You will only take one course per semester – which allows you to continue to meet your family and work obligations.

All course materials are available through the Internet and required texts. A high-speed Internet connection is strongly encouraged.

Students are required to come to campus one time during their final semester. Held in the summer, all students attend an intensive 2-day seminar in preparation for graduation.

UAB LVR Graduate Certificate Checklist

LVR Classroom 01If you have any questions during the application process please call us at 205-975-6860 or email us at lvrcert@uab.edu. We look forward to working with you and best wishes!

What You Will Need

  1. Complete and submit the Low Vision Application Form
  2. Submit proof of licensure to Low Vision program (email to longs@uab.edu)
  3. Create an account with the UAB Graduate School
  4. Complete UAB Graduate School online application as a degree seeking student
  5. Submit application fee payment to UAB Graduate School
  6. Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended to UAB Graduate School
  7. International students from countries where English is not the official and primary language must take and receive an acceptable TOEFL score – Institution Code: 1856

UAB Graduate School Address

Materials that require mailing must be sent to:
UAB Graduate School
LHL G03
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0013

UAB Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate Address

Materials that require mailing must be sent to:
UAB School of Health Professions
Department of Occupational Therapy LVR Graduate Certificate
SHPB 353
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1212

Applicants will be notified of a decision after submitting a completed application package. Written notification will be sent to the candidate along with a letter of agreement to begin the curriculum in the designated semester.

The candidate must sign and return the agreement to the UAB Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate program by the given deadline or forfeit his/her place in the class.

A non-refundable deposit of $300 dollars (U.S. currency) must be submitted with the signed letter to retain a slot in the upcoming class. The deposit will be applied to the student’s account after classes begin.

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