Program Overview

Western Michigan University offers a Master of Science degree in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy for professionals who are interested in working with the blind or visually-impaired. Professionals in the field work with the visually impaired in order help them lead productive and independent lives by teaching them communication techniques and coping techniques with the demands of daily living. Students should learn to assist the visually impaired with their communication ability, including the use of braille, computer software, handwriting, listening and recording technology, low-vision technology, and keyboarding. In addition, students will learn to train others in daily living skills, including food preparation, personal management, home management, home mechanics, leisure and recreation, and orientation and movement in familiar indoor environments. 

Students will focus on a curriculum that consists of 39 credit hours in which they should develop their understanding of the psychological and social aspects of disability and develop their understanding of medical and functional rehabilitation techniques for assisting the blind. Those classes include braille and other tactual communication systems, computer technology in rehabilitation, and services for persons with disabilities. 

Students graduating the program are expected to display the necessary potentials and qualifications of professionals in the field, which include understanding of the anatomical and physiology of the eye including ocular development, development of the visual systems, and disabilities and injuries of the eyes which may result in visual impairment, to demonstrate understanding of the psychosocial factors affecting the process of adjustment to visual impairment across the lifespan, the ability to help those with visual disabilities develop socially with assistance with families and communities in order to accommodate their disability, and demonstrate understanding of the principles of visual rehabilitation therapy, including assessment of eyesight, treatment planning, and rehabilitation instruction.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Western Michigan University is a four year public research university that is located on a suburban campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. WMU was founded in 1903. WMU works to reflect a globally engaged, dynamic university that combines the resources of a national research university with the personal attention and support that are typically found at a small college, which gives students an advantage in graduate school, the workplace and life. WMU is a research university that is learner-centered and builds intellectual inquiry and discovery into its academic programs in a manner that fosters knowledge and innovation, and turns wisdom into action. WMU provides leadership in teaching, learning, research and service, and has a commitment to enhancing the future of those living around the world.

    Students at Western Michigan University can choose a comprehensive range of degrees and certificates from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Aviation
    • Haworth College of Business
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    • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • College of Fine Arts
    • College of Health and Human Services
    • Lee Honors College
    • Graduate College
    • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

    Western Michigan University integrates distance education coursework and programs, adding greater flexibility and convenience for students. Students taking courses online continue to have access to student resources offered on-campus.

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