Identification of Children with Visual Impairment and Assessment of Needs

By Mrs. R. Nagomi Ruth   |   Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science & Higher Education for Women is a women's Deemed University in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Learners enrolled: 677

This course focuses on Anatomy and Physiology of Human Eye and different types of vision impairment and disorders. It will guide the learners to know the implications of visual impairment and Needs of Visually Impaired. The course explains the Identification and Assessment Procedures for Visual Impairment and also consists of assessment of learning needs of Children with Multiple Disabilities. This course consists of  25 Modules and 2 Credits.

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 13 Jul 2022
End Date : 04 Sep 2022
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Category :
  • Teacher Education
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week - I
1. Eye 
2. Eye Care
3. Anatomy and Physiology of Human Eye

Week - II

4. Blindness and Low Vision--Definition and  Classification
5. Causes of Blindness and Low Vision
6. Myopia

Week- III

7. Presbyopia
8. Hyperopia
9. Astigmatism

Week - IV

10. Other Eye Diseases
11. Psychosocial implications of visual impairment
12. Factors affecting implications of visual impairment: Age of onset, degree of vision, type of vision loss, prognosis, and socio economic status of the family

Week - V

13. Effect of visual impairment on growth and development: Physical, Motor, Language, Socio-emotional, and Cognitive development 
14. Effects of Visual Impairment on Personality Development - Verbalism & Mannerism
15. Educational needs of the visually impaired and need for expanded core curriculum

Week - VI 
16. Importance of Early Identification and Intervention
17. Identification and Assessment of Visual Impairment
18. Low vison Assessment

Week - VII

19. Interpretation of clinical assessment of vision
20. Tools of functional assessment of vision and skills
21. Report writing

Week - VIII

22. Concept and Definition of Visual Impairment with Multiple Disabilities
23. Concept, Definition and Etiology of VIMD
24. Impact of VIMD on learning and development
25. Screening, Identification, and Assessment of Children with Visual Impairment with Multiple Disabilities

Books and references

1. Al Lens, Sheila Coyne Nemeth, Janice K. Ledford, Ocular Anatomy and Physiology, SLACK Incorporated, 2008.

2. David A. Atchison, Optics of the Human Eye, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000.

3. David A. Sousa, How the Brain Learns to Read, Corwin Press, 2005.

4. Clyde William Oyster, the Human Eye-Structure and Function, Sinauer Associates Incorporated, 1999.

5. Burlingham, D. (1972) Psychoanalytic Studies of the Sighted and the Blind. New York: National Universities Press.

6. Fraiberg, S. (1997) Insights from the blind. New York: Basic Books.

7. Groenveld, M. (1993) Effects of visual disability on behaviour and the family. In Fielder, A.R., Best A.B., Bax, M.C. (eds) The Management of visual impairment in childhood. London: Cambridge University Press.

8. Groenveld, M. (1990) "The dilemma of assessing the visually impaired child" Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 32, pp 1105-1109.

9. Salt A., Sargent J., 2014.Common visual problems in children with disability.Archives of Disease in Childhood. 99(12): 1163–1168.

10. Batshaw. 2002 Children with Disabilities. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company.

11. Taylor &Preece, 2010 Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v108 n2 p163-167 Mar-Apr.

12. Rawal N., and Thawani V., 2009.UnderstandingChildren with Visual Impairment with Additional Disabilities, Creating Learning Opportunities, Voice and Vision India Hilton Perkins School for the Blind, USA 

13. Timothy S. Hartshorne, Tina L. Grialou, and Kellie R. Parke. 2005. Autistic-Like Behavior in CHARGE Syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics. 257-261

14. Anderson, E.D., Dunlea, A., Kekelis, L.S. (1984) "Blind children's language: resolving some differences." Journal of Child Language, 11, pp 45-64.

Instructor bio

Mrs. R. Nagomi Ruth

Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science & Higher Education for Women is a women's Deemed University in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
The Course Coordinator of this course is possessing Master degree in Mathematics with Master of Special Education. Also having Master of Philosophy in Education with 15 years of teaching experience both in inclusive school and at higher educational institution. She was the Project Staff in the Indo-US Research Project on Response to Intervention Model in Indian Context. She also published 15 articles in both National and International level.

Course certificate

30% for in course Assessment & 70% of end term Proctored Exam

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