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Functional Integration of Optical, Non-Optical

Goodkin Border & Associates

Diane Border, MBA, is a certified low vision trainer. She is a guest lecturer in the low vision curriculum at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. Goodkin Border & Associates is a sponsor of the Delphi study being coordinated by Dr. Anne Corn through Peabody College at Vanderbilt University on classroom use of monocular telescopes by visually impaired students. Goodkin Border & Associates provides consultation and products for people with low vision, blindness, and learning disabilities. The staff of Goodkin Border & Associates includes low vision and blind individuals, as well as trainers and product/technology specialists experienced in working with agencies, institutions, employers, and eyecare professionals to enable individuals with a visual impairment to function in educational, vocational, and independent living activities.


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Participants in this workshop will have an opportunity for a hands-on survey of low vision optical aids, non-optical accessories, video magnifiers, and computer-access technology for people with low vision. Functional integration for these devices in the classroom, work, and daily living environment will be demonstrated.

The premise of this overview course is that devices and technology for people with visual impairments are task specific and that optical, non-optical, and electronic aids are not mutually exclusive. The landmark Lou Harris/New York Lighthouse survey revealed that individuals with a visual impairment use an average of 4.6 low vision aids, confirming the task specific nature of devices actually used.

An overview of the needs of the visually impaired will be reviewed. These include: magnification, illumination, and glare reduction. Devices surveyed will include the following:

Participants will come away with an understanding of current technology, the distinctions of need and use that determine device suitability, and a hands-on experience with a variety of devices.

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