– What Can Be Done to Increase Independence
Recorded: July 24, 2019 – Assistive Technology (AT) can help a person with a vision loss live an independent, safe and meaningful life at home and in the community. Interventions include evaluating the environment for modifications to make the most of remaining vision; teaching how to use remaining vision as efficiently as possible; reducing clutter and organizing the environment; improving lighting needed for daily tasks; training to use AT in completing daily activities. Technology plays a key role in vision rehabilitation- ranging from simple to high tech devices. Assessment of appropriate technology and training consumers to use it effectively are part of the role of an OT providing low vision services. Examples of AT will be presented, including non-optical aids, magnification, video magnification, text to speech, and wearable technology.
Sherry Boothby, OTR/L, CLVT, M.S. holds a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy from University of New England, and M.S. in Health Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service at University of Southern Maine. Additionally, Sherry is a Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT). She was a founding team member of the Low Vision Clinic at Iris Network in 2005. She has extensive experience in OT practice and establishing low vision OT programs. Sherry has started a low vision OT private practice, working with a low vision optometrist at an eye care practice, starting an outpatient low vision program at Mid Coast Hospital, and most recently establishing a low vision OT program with Coastal Rehab. She has presented at the national Envision Conference, the national AgrAbility Conference, MeOTA state conference and AER conferences.
Websites discussed during the webinar
- LS&S website – Non-optical aids
- ClearView C Full HD Speech from Optec
- Head-Mounted Technology – Enhanced Vision Jordy
- Head-Mounted Technology – Iris Vision
- Demonstration of Iris Vision – YouTube
- Head-Mounted Technology– Acesight
- OrCam MyEye(OCR/text to speech only) – YouTube.
- Amazon Alexa – Digital Trends
- Google Home article– from Pocket Lint
- Amazon Echo vs Google Home: Which is Better? – YouTube.
- Siri as Personal Assistant and Siri – Home Control – Apple website.
- mPower Loans
- AT4Maine– Maine’s AT Demonstration and Loan program
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