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OTS 142: Supporting Students with Visual Impairments

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 141 of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast.

In this episode of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast, Kelsey Kornaus delves into the world of visual impairments in students.

From the importance of self-advocacy to the impact of sensory difficulties and the role of assistive technology, this episode discusses the challenges and innovative strategies for supporting students with visual impairments in educational settings.

Listen now to gain valuable insights into assessment techniques, the decision-making process for residential placement, and the benefit of community support.

Listen now to learn the following objectives:

  • Learners will understand the role occupational therapy practitioners play in supporting students with visual impairments.

  • Learners will identify challenges and considerations in working with students with visual impairments in educational settings, including the need for specific adaptations, support for sensory difficulties, and the integration of assistive technology and universal design for learning to facilitate academic success and independence.

  • Learners will identify the importance of advocating for students with visual impairments in accessing necessary support and services.

Guest Bio

Kelsey Kornaus is an occupational therapist with a Master's in Occupational Therapy from the University of Indianapolis.

Over the past 7 years, Kelsey has been working in the school-based setting supporting students with visual impairments from ages 3-21 years old.


“Typically a student with a visual impairment will prefer increased vestibular input.”

-Kelsey Kornaus, MOT, OTR/L

“Assistive technology really opens up opportunities for them, and especially academically.”

-Kelsey Kornaus, MOT, OTR/L

Hand under hand, a very important technique to use with a student with a visual impairment.”

-Kelsey Kornaus, MOT, OTR/L

“We don't need to know everything, but we need to know enough to be dangerous in an IEP a little bit and to provide some services."

-Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L


Episode Transcript

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Ep 142 - Supporting Students With Visual Impairments
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