26-Apr-2019 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Working with clients with vision loss: Skills for all occupational therapists

Late registration available! Please follow the registration link at the top of the page to complete your registration. When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. This administrative fee does not apply to those purchasing the pre-workshop recorded webinar only.

Vancouver, British Columbia 

Friday, April 26, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

The current demographic shift towards an aging population has led to an increased incidence of age-related visual conditions alongside concurrent medical conditions leading to vision loss (e.g., stroke), warranting a significant need for vision rehabilitation services. This interactive one-day workshop will review the current state of occupational therapy and low vision rehabilitation and focus on building your capacity to support clients with low vision. You will rotate through various stations to engage in experiential learning, build assessment skills, trial adaptive aids and technologies, apply vision rehabilitation strategies to case scenarios, and establish practices for collaborating with other vision rehabilitation team members.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate increased awareness of the need and potential for strategies addressing low vision to improve occupational performance in any setting.
  2. Identify current best practices guidelines for low vision rehabilitation.
  3. Review and apply a range of low vision rehabilitation strategies and devices to case scenarios.
  4. Articulate ways in which occupational therapists can work with other low vision rehabilitation professionals and contribute to the health of those with vision loss.

Workshop topics:
Pre-workshop recorded webinar (online, approximately 2 hours, available in March 2019)

  • Introduction to vision
  • Introduction to vision loss
  • Roles of interprofessional team

One-day workshop (in person)

  • General assessment and approaches to assessment that accommodate individuals with vision loss
  • Assistive technology adaptations for people with vision loss
  • Interventions and environmental adaptations focusing on the following areas of occupation:
    • Community mobility, including sighted guide
    • Cooking
    • Reading

Target Audience:
Occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, students in occupational therapy or OTA/PTA programs and other health professionals who wish to build their capacity to support adults and older adults with low vision. As many eye conditions are age-related, the current demographic shift towards an aging population has led to an increased incidence of age-related visual conditions alongside concurrent medical conditions leading to vision loss (e.g. stroke), warranting a significant need for vision rehabilitation services.

Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc.

Areas of practice
Mental health, cognitive, neurological/neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory, digestive/metabolic/endocrine, general physical health, vocational rehabilitation, palliative/end-of-life care, health promotion and wellness, researchers, educators

Client age groups

Adults (20-64 years old), Seniors (65+ years old)

Workshop Level:
Beginner (0-2 years of experience in low vision rehabilitation)

Presenters:
Laura Yvonne Bulk, (OT, BSW) and Patty Mason (OT)

Laura Yvonne Bulk (OT, BSW), who identifies as a blind OT, practices in British Columbia and is currently doing her PhD with a focus on increasing participation for people who are blind/partially blind.

Patty Mason, MA, BSc(OT) is an occupational therapist at the Vision Rehabilitation Clinic located at VGH Eye Care Centre within Vancouver Coastal Health. The Vision Rehabilitation Clinic provides services to individuals through the province. Patty is a clinical faculty member of Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy at UBC.



Registration fees:

Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by January 30, 2019

CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates and Retired Members

Non member*

Workshop registration (includes pre-workshop recorded webinar)

$265

$240

$397.50

Pre-workshop recorded webinar only - available in March 2019

$80

$70

$120

Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between January 31, 2019 and April 10, 2019

CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates and Retired Members

Non member*

Workshop registration (includes pre-workshop recorded webinar)

$315

$290

$472.50

Pre-workshop recorded webinar only - available in March 2019

$80

$70

$120

Plus applicable taxes

Registration deadline: April 10, 2019

Late registration rates (pending available spots): Registration and payment completed after April 10, 2019

CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates and Retired Members

Non member*

Workshop registration (includes pre-workshop recorded webinar)

$365

$340

$522.50

Pre-workshop recorded webinar only - immediately sent by email

$80

$70

$120

Plus applicable taxes

Please note that for the 2018-2019 workshops, CAOT has reduced the registration fee for all registrants instead of offering a group rate. When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. We will only be able to accommodate if there is sufficient space.

*In many cases it would be more cost effective to become a CAOT Member or Associate rather than pay the non-member rate. See “Can a non-member register for a Workshop?” in our Workshop FAQ to know which membership category you are eligible for. 

Included with your registration fee:
One-day workshop, online pre-workshop recorded webinar (approximately 2 hours), electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, coffee/tea/water during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in this topic, one-hour Q&A webinar with the presenters approximately 1 month following the workshop, electronic certificate of attendance.

The Workshop registration fee has been reduced by $40 by not including lunch and snacks. Lunch and snacks are to be done on your own.

Save the date:
Q&A Webinar
TBD

Maximum number of registrants:
40

Workshop location:
Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre  
711 W. Broadway @ Heather Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2

Holiday Inn Website

FAQ: Can I attend this workshop remotley?:
Due to the interactive and hands-on nature of the Workshop activities, it is not currently possible to offer it via webinar/videoconference or to provide a recording of the Workshop. However, this Workshop includes approximately 2 hours worth of content delivered online through pre-workshop recorded webinar which may be purchased separately so you can still benefit from some professional development related to vision, vision loss and roles of the interprofessional team in low vision rehabilitation. Please select the registration option “Pre-workshop recorded webinar only”. The access will be provided by email in March 2019.

Cancellation/refund policy:
All refund requests must be sent in writing to the CAOT National Office. Requests received on or before March 15, 2019 will be given a 50% refund. CAOT will not provide a refund after March 15, 2019. CAOT reserves the right to cancel or modify the offering.

CAOT reserves the right to modify the workshop title, description, registration dates and information on the workshop webpage. CAOT will not be cancelling this Workshop due to insufficient registration. CAOT reserves the right to modify the offering, interrupt Workshops, change the timing of a Workshop, cancel a Workshop or change the location of a Workshop due to the presenter no longer being able to present the Workshop, severe weather, power failure, building closures or other special circumstances that are beyond the control of CAOT by notifying participants as soon as possible. If the Workshop is cancelled by CAOT, registrants will receive a full refund of the registration fee. CAOT will not be responsible for other costs or expenses incurred by registrants as a result of any such changes.

Additional questions?

If you would like to inquire on accessibility options available to you, please contact education@caot.ca or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 222.

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