Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists


Occupational Therapy and Low Vision 

Rehabilitation Network (OTLVRN)




Background

The OTLVRN began in 2016 when Tanya contacted CAOT to begin a conversation about the need to promote occupational therapy in low vision rehabilitation. CAOT was quick to respond and a Water Cooler Talk Low Vision Rehabilitation: Practice Possibilities for Occupational Therapists, was held.  An impromptu email correspondence began between three occupational therapists interested in continuing the conversation. In less than two weeks, the group had expanded with occupational therapists from across Canada speaking up. CAOT agreed to create a network to further support the development of occupational therapy involvement in the area of low vision rehabilitation. 

Vision

All Canadians with low vision will have equal access to quality occupational therapy services, both in the area of low vision rehab and other areas of practice 

Mission

Occupational therapists will make a substantial contribution to the lives of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted through education, research and advocacy.

Objectives

We will do this by:

  • increasing the visibility of and access to low vision occupational therapy across Canada
  • developing relationships and partnerships with other key stakeholders in low vision rehab and the government
  • promoting, disseminating, and facilitating research in the area of low vision occupational therapy
  • actively promoting best practice occupational therapy
  • connecting occupational therapists across Canada, providing a platform to network and discuss best practice in the promotion of health, wellbeing, and participation of people who are blind or partially sighted.
  • creating and/or promoting educational and professional development resources and opportunities, including the inclusion of low vision rehabilitation topics into occupational therapy curricula
  • advocating for the role of occupational therapy within low vision rehabilitation

Members

Laura Bulk (British Columbia)  Chair

Mathieu Carignan (Quebec)

Teresa Chien (Ontario)

Melissa de Wit (Ontario)

Julia Foster (Ontario) Chair

Colleen McGrath (Ontario)

Tanya Packer (Nova Scotia) Chair

Linda Petty (Ontario)

Kathleen Sullivan (Nova Scotia)

Resources

CAOT Resources

Low Vision and Driving

Safe Driving Strategies – Low Vision

Profile of Lara Anderson
 

Other Online Resources

AOTA Low Vision Page

AOTA Guideline

Systematic Reviews

Arbesman, M., Lieberman, D., & Berlanstein, D.R. (2013). Methodology for the Systematic Reviews on Occupational Therapy Interventions for Older Adults With Low Vision. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(3), 272-278. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.007021 http://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1851677&resultClick=3

Berger, S. (2013). Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Older Adults Living With Low Vision. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(3), 263-265. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.007203 http://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1851675&resultClick=3

Berger, S., McAteer, J., Schreier, K., & Kaldenberg, J. (2013). Occupational Therapy Interventions to Improve Leisure and Social Participation for Older Adults With Low Vision: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(3), 303-311. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.005447 http://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1851681&resultClick=3

Liu, C., Brost, M.A., Horton, V.E., Kenyon, S.B., & Mears, K.E. (2013). Occupational Therapy Interventions to Improve Performance of Daily Activities at Home for Older Adults With Low Vision: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(3), 279-287. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.005512  http://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1851678&resultClick=3

Justiss, M.D. (2013). Occupational Therapy Interventions to Promote Driving and Community Mobility for Older Adults With Low Vision: A Systematic Review

American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(3), 296-302. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.005660 http://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1851680&resultClick=3

Smallfield, S., Clem, K., & Myers, A. (2013). Occupational Therapy Interventions to Improve the Reading Ability of Older Adults With Low Vision: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(3), 288-295. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.004929 http://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1851679&resultClick=3
 

Recent Articles by Network Members

Doorey, J.; Douglas, S., Viska.L., Packer. T (2009). Care for the Carers: A Self-management program for carers of people with vision impairment.

http://espace.library.curtin.edu.au:80/R?func=dbin-jump-full&local_base=gen01-era02&object_id=119482

McGrath, C. (2011). Low vision and older adults: The role of occupational therapy, OT Now.

McGrath, C.E., & Rudman, D.L. (2013). Factors that influence the occupational engagement of older adults with low vision: a scoping review. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(5), 234-241. http://bjo.sagepub.com/content/76/5/234.full.pdf+html

Packer, TL. and Simpson, C. and Drury, V. and Sim. S. and Pereira, M. and Re, M. (2009). Living safe : A Self-management program for people with vision impairment. Perth Western Australia: Curtin University of Technology. http://espace.library.curtin.edu.au:80/R?func=dbin-jump-full&local_base=gen01-era02&object_id=119481

Petty, L. (2005). Technology and occupation: High technology vision aids for an aging population. OT Now, 26-28.

Petty, L.S., McArthur, L., & Treviranus, J. (2005). Clinical Report: Use of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure in Vision Technology. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(5), 309-312. doi: 10.1177/000841740507200508

 

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