Occupational Therapy and Low Vision
Rehabilitation Network (OTLVRN)
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.
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
Occupational therapists will make a substantial contribution to the lives of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted through education, research and advocacy.
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
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)
Other Online Resources
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.
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
- Occupational Therapy Networks
- Retired Member Network
- Occupational Therapy and Low Vision Rehabilitation Network (OTLVRN)
- Occupational Therapists Working in Dementia Care
- Rural and Remote Practice Network
- Occupational Therapy and Aboriginal Health Network (OTAHN)
- Occupational Therapy and Sensory Processing (OTSP)
- Military and Veterans Affairs Network
- Occupational Therapy Canada