Learning disabilities and sight loss free online course available


Posted on 11 January 2017 (Permalink)

People with learning disabilities are 10 times more likely to have serious sight problems than other people. A free online course has been developed by Health Education England, West Midlands Local Eye Health Network, NHS England and the RNIB to raise awareness and supply practical ideas to support people with a learning disability and sight loss in daily life by use of audio and video clips, as well as interactive activities. 

The aims of this course include:

  • Knowing about the prevalence of sight loss with respect to people with learning disabilities
  • Gaining an understanding of the effects of sight loss related to learning disability
  • Acknowledging the need for differential diagnosis regarding visually related behaviours
  • Understanding how the eye examination can be tailored to meet individual needs and understand the importance of the visual environment
  • Considering sight loss when planning person-centred support

Content topics include key health messages and prevalence of sight loss, eye anatomy, the five leading causes of sight loss, learning disability and the effects of sight loss and the visual environment.

The course will support a range of browsers on Windows including IE9+ and Firefox 30+, VoiceOver on iOs7, iOs8 and iPad, and Android devices with KitKat+.

Don't miss the opportunity to complete this free course, which should take approximately 60 minutes to complete and is only available until 28 February. Please register at the RNIB website.