Visibility Vol 10 Issue 1 & 2, 2016


Low vision Case Reports - The Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired


By presenting two low vision case reports from the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI), I hope to give some insight into the approach taken by DBVI when coordinating low vision rehabilitation, as well as demonstrate the unique expectations DBVI places upon the low vision examiner. DBVI is a single-payer, non-profit state system based out of six regional offices. Any Virginia resident with a functional vision impairment that is not correctable with contact lenses or glasses is eligible for services. The costs of these services are paid through taxation. Material aids are generally provided at wholesale cost, (or through taxation if the resident is financially eligible). Services are coordinated for each client by their individually assigned case managers, who are generally vision rehabilitation teachers, but can also be vocational rehabilitation counselors or teachers of the visually impaired. They are trained and continually evaluated by the department. They provide an initial in-home functional vision assessment and make referrals as necessary to orientation and mobility instructors, assistive technology specialists, and low vision examiners.

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Assessment of online patient education materials designed for people with age-related macular degeneration

Jennifer Fortuna, PhD, OTR/L; Linda Shuster, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA; Anne Riddering, PhD, OTR/L, CLVT, COMS; Cassie Lopez-Jeng, PhD, MPH, CPH, CHES

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Minding the Gap: Determining Causes for Missed Low Vision Referrals to Develop a Streamlined, Sustainable Low Vision Rehabilitation System in Wisconsin

Katherine Dalzotto MD; Mark Banghart MS; Christina Thomas-Virnig PhD; Sanbrita Mondal OD

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Assessment of Modified Patient Education Materials for People with Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Jennifer Fortuna, PhD, OTR/L; Linda Shuster, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA; Anne Riddering, PhD, OTR/L, CLVT, COMS; Cassie Lopez-Jeng, PhD; MPH, CPH, CHES

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