Time for occupational therapists to focus on low vision?

Collins, B and Collins, N 2013, Time for occupational therapists to focus on low vision? , in: College of Occupational Therapists 37th Annual Conference and Exhibition, 18th-20th June 2013, Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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The number of adults with sight loss is increasing. It is expected that, without intervention, the number of vision impaired people will double between 2000 and 2020 (Bosanquet & Mehta 2008). Sight loss can result in significant difficulties with activities of daily living (Warren 2011) and associated emotional difficulties (Evans et al 2007). Most adults with sight loss are older people who may have other age-related disability. Historically, occupational therapy services may have addressed age related disability, but have not focused on issues directly arising from sight loss (Warren 2011). In the UK, people with low vision have been supported by low vision therapists or rehabilitation workers, but as the number of these specialists decreases, who will meet the needs of those with sight loss? Several authors have argued that occupational therapists are best placed to provide rehabilitation services for people with sight loss (e.g. Scheiman et al 2006, Warren 2011). But do we have the skills to enable occupational performance for those with low vision? For example, how many occupational therapists are skilled in low vision aid assessment/prescription, eccentric viewing or use of tints? How many OTs are trained to teach orientation and mobility skills for people with sight loss? More basically, are OTs aware of the range of equipment available to support people with low vision in daily tasks? Are these specialist skills or should they be part of any undergraduate curriculum? Participants will be asked firstly, whether OTs should ordinarily deliver low vision rehabilitation, and; secondly, if so, what and how should the specific skills be developed and enhanced?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: College of Occupational Therapists 37th Annual Conference and Exhibition — Book of Abstracts
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2020 15:04
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:42
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/57617

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