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Visual Impairment Awareness. Distance Learning

Course Type: Distance Learning
Institute Name: Portobello Institute
Fee: on request
Course Locations: Dublin City Centre
Application Deadline: Course is run on regular basis

Course Details

In the present ever changing and evolving world of today, diversity, equality and differentiation are commonly used terms. Therefore, in accordance with The Equality Status Act 2000, valuing and accommodating all citizens of the state, regardless of impairments is essential. This course aims to provide the student with an insight and indepth knowledge of visual impairment issues, which will help you to respond appropriately and confidently when dealing or working with people who are blind or who have significant sight loss.

By choosing to study this course with Portobello Institute, students will have access to course materials from our online learning centre for the duration of the course. The course materials for this certified course are thorough and easy to read and can be downloaded in your own time and from the comfort of your own home. You will also be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of the course who will help you with any challenges you may encounter. In addition you will be able to upload assignments online and receive online feedback. You can use our online learning centre from any computer that has internet access. However, access to a computer is not compulsory as we can arrange for everything to be processed by post. There is an administration fee of €30 for this service.

Qualifications Gained
•Portobello Institute Certificate in Visual Impairment Awareness

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Course Structure

As this course is delivered through distance learning the student works at their own pace. Each student has 6 months to complete this course

Course Delivery
•Online Learning Centre (requires internet access), or
•By Post (note that there is an admin fee of €30 for postal students)

Course Content Modules
1.Reflection of present knowledge status
2.Definitions of the different levels and degrees of visual impairment
3.The incidence of sight loss
4.The different ways to communicate and do’s and don’ts
5.How best to approach situations, guidelines on leading a person with visual impairment
6.Use of language and terminology
7.Myths and fears surrounding sight loss
8.Using assistive technology with a person with visual impairment
9.Suggested adaptations to school / work / home environment

Assessment Criteria

One short assignment will be required to successfully complete this course

Who is the course aimed at?

The course will give you a very good understanding of the issues involved in the area of visual impairment and blindness. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in the area be it a personal or professional interest.

Further Studies

Portobello Institute offers a number of short distance learning courses including:
•FETAC Special Needs Education (Level 5)
•Mental Health Awareness (Level 5)
•Intellectual Disability Studies (Level 5)
•Social Care Studies (Level 5)

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