Category Archives: Visual Impairment

Supporting People with Learning Disabilities who have Dementia and Sight Loss

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A one-day workshop for Rehabilitation Officers and support staff working with people who have Dementia and may be experiencing Sight difficulties this course is designed to give an overview of Dementia and common sight conditions experienced by older people.

It will then look at behaviours associated with sight loss where people are non-verbal or have difficulty explaining what is happening to them as their sight deteriorates.

The course will then touch on potential sight testing methods and look at adaptations to daily practice and the care environment to improve support.

This one-day course is delivered through a series of presentations and some group work. It is available in-house for 20 people or as an external workshop.

Who should attend?

  • Dementia Support workers
  • Home Managers
  • ROVIs
  • Learning Disability Support Workers working with people who have Down’s Syndrome  or older people with learning disabilities
  • Occupational Therapists and other related professionals

Cost:

  • In-house course £600 + VAT
  • External workshops £100 + VAT

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Supporting People with Visual Impairment and Mental Health Issues

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The training programme will be facilitated as a series of described PowerPoint sessions and workshop sessions which result in key Practice points for each category.

At the end of the session the group will look at their own practice reflectively and look at what things they might change or do differently in relation to the days additional Knowledge.

Who should attend?

The course has been designed For Rehabilitation workers and Officers and similar professionals who support people with visual impairment in the community or in Hospital settings.

Costs:

  • In-house course £600 + VAT
  • External workshops £100 + VAT

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Visual Awareness Guiding and Environment Audit training

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This one-day course explores the main eye conditions that affect people with Visual Disabilities and will provide experience of Guiding Skills and Environmental Auditing to ensure safe practice.

This one-day course is delivered through a series of presentations and some group work. It is available in-house for 20 people and includes handouts and resource information to take home.

Who should attend?

This course is open to all Health and Social Care professionals, parents and family carers are especially welcome.

Costs:

  • In-house course £300 + VAT and expenses

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Supporting Older People with a Visual Impairment

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A one-day course designed for care staff to assist their knowledge and understanding of sight loss in Older People.

The course looks at common eye problems, implications for support and covers identification, testing, supporting people before and after surgery for eye care and those who are certified as blind or as visually impaired.

The course is a mixture of presentations and practical exercises that will prepare the staff team for the vast majority of common sight loss scenarios. This course also covers the basics of guiding and support Issues.

The course can be carried out at your place of work or, if this isn’t practical, from a location nearby for a small additional fee.

The programme can be modified to suit your care needs, for example you may prefer more guiding skills, or environmental adjustment relating to access and DDA please contact us to assist you with your specific needs.

Costs:

  • In-house course £600 + VAT
  • Contact us if you need a location nearby.

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Supporting Individuals who have Dementia and Sight Loss

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A one-day course for carers and professionals supporting people who have dementia, the course will cover types of Dementia presenting symptoms and strategies for support.

Participants will receive instruction in strategies to support communication, daily living skills, wandering, managing difficult behaviour such as aggression and managing risk.

At the end of the day course participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different causes of dementia.
  • Identify and assess the signs of Visual Impairment when formal communication is lost or difficult
  • Understand the legal frameworks that support working with people who have dementia including the Mental Health Act, and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

Costs:

  • In-house course for 20 people £800 + VAT
  • Costs include handouts, certificates and travel to your venue.

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Supporting Deafblind People with Learning Disabilities

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This one-day course identifies the key visual and hearing conditions which combined can lead an individual to be supported as Deafblind.

It covers both congenital and acquired Deafblind issues and will provide an overview of the best communication support methods and resources for further support.

It is available in-house for 20 people and includes handouts and resource information to take home.

Who should attend?

This course is open to all Health and Social Care professionals, parents and family carers are especially welcome.

Costs:

  • In-house course £600 + VAT

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The Lighting Journey

Specialist Course on Lighting the Homes of Older Visually Impaired People

Health and Well Being /Falls Prevention/Rehabilitation/Sight Loss/Lighting Design

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Designed primarily for Rehabilitation Officers and Occupational Therapists this practical one-day programme will enable participants to undertake full lighting audits and make recommendations to domestic lighting in the homes of people with a visual impairment.

The Lighting Journey is now COT Accredited and has been commissioned and designed by specialist practitioners in visual impairment and the lighting industry.

The course covers:

  • Common Sight issues in older people
  • Assessment of Functional Vision
  • Lighting Theory
  • Lighting design
  • Lighting specification
  • Evaluation and further support

Participants work through real life case studies for the lighting journey in individual Image: Access Design Consultancyworkbooks that take you through each stage of the process using videos and group work with an introduction to the assessment tools required to design and make your own lighting specification or assessment tools.

We will train up to 20 people in a venue of your choosing and will assist you with marketing if you have available spaces to assist with some of your cost recovery.

The course is in two parts. All participants are registered before the course date and will receive an electronic copy of the workbook prior to the course attendance, which needs to be read before attending the actual study day.

A further workbook with the ready reckoner and case study tools will be provided on the day.

Please ensure that 14 days notice is given for Braille copies or if alternatives to electronic copies are required.

Costs:

  • £1000 + VAT
  • Limited to 20 places per course.
  • Cost includes participants’ pre-course workbooks, course assessment tools, and certificates

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Disability in the Equality Act (Updated for BREXIT)

How is your compliance?

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This one-day workshop is effectively an Audit tool for your business. Gender, Age, Sexuality, Disability was pulled into one act in 2010 called the Equality ACT, it was also strengthened in parts by new additions to Disability Discrimination Law, and Human Rights Law.

This one-day workshop is designed to ensure that you make cost effective reasonable adjustment without harming your service delivery.

The day will cover what’s new in the Equality Act that you need to know including:

  • How the Human rights legislation is enforced: Myths and Facts
  • What are the key issues for people with disabilities? This covers blind and visually impaired people, deafblind, physically disabled people, people with mental health problems and people with a learning disability.
  • Getting it right; what is reasonable adjustment?
  • Access issues (staff and customers)
  • Communication issues (staff and customers)
  • Employing disabled people
  • Where you can get help?
  • (updated) What are the Implications of Brexit to Equality & rights?

It is available in-house for 20 people and includes handouts and resource information to take home.

Costs:

  • In-house course £800 + VAT

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Supporting People with a Visual Impairment and a Learning Disability

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Approximately one third of the population of people with a learning disability could be registered blind or partially sighted (500,000) a further third (500,000) require glasses or contact lenses to correct their vision. Source (lookup (Seeability) 2009) (Emerson. E, Hatton.C), Population of people with LD in England For Valuing People Now (2007)

However many do not get access to the right eye health support and many go blind through treatable eye conditions that are not detected because of communication difficulties.

This one-day course outlines the common visual disabilities found in the learning disabled population, the behaviours that indicate sight loss, treatments and the development of person centred care pathways and additional support that is available.

The day will also look at sight testing from both function and acuity testing perspectives and how to support the individual and their carers through eye surgery, and wearing glasses for the first time. It is available in-house for 20 people or as an external workshop.

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Master class in Multiple Disability

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The master class will cover the following topics:

  • Incidence and Definitions of Multiple Disability
  • Sight problems in relation to people with a learning disability
  • Functional Visual assessment of people with multiple disabilities
  • Supporting sight testing outcomes
  • Communication issues

The day is structured so that it can be interactive and will take questions from participants given in advance.

Costs:

  • In-house course £800 + VAT

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