Rehabilitation worker (visual impairment) (level 5)
Help people with visual impairments lead normal lives.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national diploma (HND).
- Typical duration
- 24 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Health and science
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Explain medical characteristics and the impact of visual impairment, secondary illnesses, disabilities and deafblindness in understandable terms, and descriptions
- Evaluate, in terms of the support required, the effect a visual impairment and/or deafblindness has on a person, family and community.
- Support a person, family and community to positively come to terms with living with a visual impairment and or deafblindness
- Undertake one-to-one and group specialist vision and dual sensory needs led assessments. Producing tangible outcomes, services and referrals.
- Undertake assessment of risk and health and safety adaptations, recommending and overseeing installation of environmental adaptations required by people with a visual impairment and who are deafblind.
- Undertake functional vision assessment, to promote the use of residual vision, and provide and refer for training and services.
- Undertake environmental access audits that promote accessibility to the built environment for disabled people.
- Deliver group and individual person centred rehabilitative intervention in, but not restricted to, the following areas: Independent living skills for all aspects of daily living, personal care and home management; Strategies that facilitate and promote inclusion in recreation, education and employment activities; Orientation and mobility indoors and outdoors, including guiding skills, pre-cane skills, sensory travel skills, guide, symbol and long-cane skills, mobility aids, cognitive mapping, route-planning techniques, use of public transport and the use of technology that promotes independence and navigation ; Communication skills including braille, IT, smart and standard telecommunications, assistive technology, deafblind manual, block alphabet and audio equipment; Low vision training/therapy to maximise functional vision, magnifiers, lighting and other low vision aids and strategies
- Deliver awareness training, information and support to people with a visual impairment and/or deafblind, employers, care providers and educational establishments, to improve access to statutory and voluntary social care services, health services, education and employment.
- Deliver training, education and support to use assistive and standard technology to people with a visual impairment and people who are deafblind.
- Interpret legislation to empower people with a visual impairment and who are deafblind to live fulfilling lives
- Evaluate, through reflective practice, professional performance and development. Use professional knowledge to make appropriate decisions and judgements.
- Keep up-to-date, evaluate and assimilate research into practice.
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