ERIC Number: ED368513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
The Seven Module Curriculum on Aging, Vision Loss and Independent Living Skills. A Training Model To Teach Community Outreach Workers To Train Elderly Blind and Visually Impaired American Indians Independent Living Skills: Focus on Family Rehabilitation.
Orr, Alberta L.; Kaarlela, Ruth
This curriculum was designed to train approximately 250 community health representatives (CHRs), to teach visually impaired and blind Indian elders and their families necessary independent living skills. The curriculum aims to sensitize CHRs to the impact of visual impairment upon elderly persons and their families, and to provide basic information regarding vision problems, consequences of those problems (particularly within Indian cultures), and methods and resources that may be used to provide rehabilitation to the visually impaired elderly. The curriculum is implemented during a 5-day training program in which the following seven modules of academic and practical rehabilitation understandings and skills are covered: (1) Introduction to Rehabilitation (including adult learning); (2) Understanding Blindness and Low Vision; (3) Psychosocial Aspects of Aging and Vision Loss; (4) Walking in a Familiar Environment (sighted guide and other safety techniques); (5) Daily Living Skills; (6) Adapted Recreation and Leisure Activities; and (7) Resources and Advocacy Skills. Each module includes objectives and expected outcomes of the learning experience, basic content, necessary materials, and selected reinforcement activities. Appendices contain a training agenda, suggested readings, key words, various forms and assessments used in training, and lists of resources. (KS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Foundation for the Blind, New York, NY.
Note: For related document, see RC 019 104.