Low Vision Specialists
Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals
Established in January 2000, the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (6) organization. It is an independent and autonomous legal certification body governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. ACVREP’s mission is to offer professional certification for vision rehabilitation and education professionals in order to improve service delivery to persons with vision impairments. It is committed to quality certification programs that meet rigorous recognized standards. Programs are designed to offer certificants the means to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and professionalism. www.acvrep.org
ACVREP offers certification in three disciplines:
Orientation & Mobility
Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) provide sequential instruction to individuals with visual impairment in the use of their remaining senses to determine their position within the environment and in techniques for safe movement from one place to another.
Rehabilitation teachers instruct persons with vision impairments in the use of compensatory skills and assertive technology that will enable them to live safe, productive, and independent lives. Rehabilitation teachers work in areas that enhance the vocational opportunities, independent living, and educational development of persons with vision loss, and may include working in center-based or itinerant settings.
Low Vision Therapy
A certified low vision therapist develops and conducts a functional assessment of visual abilities for everyday tasks that are important to the individual with low vision. Everyday visual tasks might include reading, writing, moving through space, grooming, watching television, cooking, cleaning, household repair, finding lost objects, or other educational, vocational or recreational pursuits. The nature and extent of services needed is guided by the results of the functional assessment.
Reprinted with permission from ACVREP