OIB-TAC Releases New Course for Social Workers

OIB-TAC is pleased to announce the launch of a free, self-paced video/recorded training course for social workers titled Practical Information for Social Workers New to Interacting with Older Adults Experiencing Vision Impairment or Blindness.* This ACE-approved course provides an overview of strategies and techniques for working with adults experiencing vision impairment or blindness.

Professionals may find it challenging to identify clients with vision impairment since many individuals lose vision slowly and may continue to function visually for many years, despite having reduced vision. Learning more about vision impairment will help social workers understand what questions to ask to determine if their clients are experiencing vision loss and point them to appropriate services that can help them maintain or regain function and independence. Knowing where to turn for support, understanding what resources are available, and having someone to help navigate new challenges can inspire hope and empowerment in clients who experience vision loss.

Additional courses (that do not offer social work CE credit) are provided through the OIB-TAC and the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision. See our family of websites for more information about blindness and low vision:

To find a listing of services for individuals who are blind or have vision impairment, visit timetobebold.org.

*Practical Information for Social Workers New to Interacting with Older Adults Experiencing Vision Impairment or Blindness, Course #5163, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Older Individuals Who Are Blind Technical Assistance Center as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 10/2/2023 – 10/2/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1 general continuing education credit.