Online Courses and Information
If you need access any time of day or night or if you like to learn at your own pace, then our online resources and classes are for you! Online courses cover many of the topics you will find in our in-person workshops and more. Go to School-of-vision.teachable.com to start learning practical skills now.
For many of us, in-person, hands-on learning is the best. You can ask questions, see demonstrations and try out devices. Make sure you sign up for our newsletter so you can stay informed about upcoming events.
Ensure you are serving all of your customers. Help your staff feel comfortable interacting with blind and visually impaired clients. This can be done in-person or we can design an online course for you.
What Is Low Vision?
There are several common patterns of vision and vision loss, including:
Central Vision Loss
Central vision is the portion of our vision used for reading and fine detail. When you look directly at a person’s face, you are using your central vision to see their face. The part of the eye used in central vision is called the macula. Macular degeneration seen in conditions like Age Related Macular Degeneration and Macular Edema, or swelling from Diabetes, are common causes of central vision loss.
Peripheral Vision Loss
Peripheral vision is everything outside of the central vision. You use peripheral vision when driving to see cars or pedestrians to your sides. When you see something moving at your side, you are using your peripheral vision. You then turn to look at it and use your fine central vision to see it in more detail. Glaucoma, retinal detachments, and strokes might cause peripheral vision loss.
Generalized Vision Loss
Generalized vision loss can involve both the central and peripheral vision. People with this type of vision loss have difficulty in situations that require fine detail, reading and driving. Generalized vision loss can have many different causes.
Etiquette for Interacting with People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired
- Introduce/Identify yourself when coming into a room and when talking in a group.
- Let people know when you are leaving the room.
- Speak normally, It’s okay to use phrases like ‘it is nice to see you’ or ‘did you see that movie?’
- Ask if your assistance is needed–before assisting!
- Be verbally descriptive when giving directions, hand gestures may not be seen or understood.
- Avoid terms like “over there”. Use specific terms like “to your left” or use clock hours.
- Avoid actions that may distract guide dogs.
- Respect personal boundaries, don’t touch people without asking.
What You Can Do
As you are aware, locating the right services among the many agencies and vendors that provide vision loss support can be overwhelming. From transportation to assistive devices to reading solutions, there are many different options available.We offer a free needs assessment, by phone or on-line, to patients and caregivers looking for assistance. After the consultation, we’ll send a customized packet of resources based on the individual’s goals and concerns. Finally, we’ll follow up to answer any questions or assist in applying for community services including transportation, DSB, WTBBL and more.Don’t let yourself get frustrated spending hours online looking for resources. Our low-vision resource navigation program is designed to be the easy button for you to connect to low vision and blind services.We’re available by phone or fax at 833.228.5501 or email Tyler@hopevisionfoundation.org or complete the form below to request a call.