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Kent Association for the Blind

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KAB offers Open College Network (OCN) Level 2 and 3 accredited courses in:

  • Understanding Visual Impairment
  • Understanding Hearing Impairment
  • Understanding Deafblindness
  • Understanding Assistive Technology (Level 2 only)

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These one day OCN accredited courses are suitable for anyone who wants to learn about sensory impairments and how people with these impairments cope with daily living. The Assistive Technology course is designed for those who support sight impaired people to remain independent but who have little or no knowledge of the range of technologies available to assist sight impaired people.  You will learn how a computer can talk to you or magnify the text on a screen and the many benefits that a smart phone can bring to a sight impaired person.

They have been specifically designed for front-line staff, educators, health and social care workers, students, volunteers or anyone with an interest in sensory impairment. A specialist course is available for those working with people who have a learning disability.

Understanding Visual Impairment

This course will cover:

  • The main causes of visual impairment.
  • Anatomy and physiology of the eye.
  • The most common eye conditions.  
  • Practical and emotional aspects of visual impairment.  
  • Understanding the relationship between visual impairment and the environment. 
  • Practical exercises under simulation spectacles and blindfolds, including daily living skills.
  • Mobility strategies used by people with visual impairment. 
  • Examples of canes, sighted guide demonstration and practical exercises.  All this to be carried out using simi-specs.
  • Methods of communication used by people with visual impairment.  
  • Examples of Braille and Deafblind Manual.
  • Roles and functions of agencies and individuals providing services for people with visual impairment.  

Understanding Hearing Impairment

This course will cover:

  • Possible signs of hearing loss
  • Types of deafness
  • Anatomy and physiology of the ear and the hearing process
  • The main causes of hearing impairment 
  • Definitions of deafness
  • Audiograms
  • Types of hearing aids and equipment
  • Practical sessions
  • Communications methods and strategies
  • British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Linguistic and communication issues
  • Human aids to communication
  • Understanding the relationship between the environment and hearing impairment
  • Roles and functions of agencies and individuals providing services for people with hearing impairment.  

Understanding Deafblindness

This course will cover:

  • Definitions of deafblindness
  • Anatomy and physiology of the ear and eye
  • Types and causes of deafblindness
  • Environmental and emotional impact for a deafblind person
  • Equipment available for deafblind people
  • Communication methods
  • Practical activities under simulations with blindfolds and headphones
  • Roles and functions of agencies and organisations
  • Other syndromes

Understanding Assistive Technology

This course will cover:

  • Your expectations, what questions you would like answered
  • How computers can be made more accessible
  • Screen readers - how your computer talks to you
  • How a computer can be used by a Braillist
  • What is Guide and how can it help
  • What is a tablet computer - including mobile phones - and what they can do for you
  • Accessibilities features on tablets and smart phones
  • Practical exercises on software and equipment covered during the course
  • Roles and functions of agencies and individuals providing assistive technology services.  

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