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Apprenticeship training course

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.

Full information on Rehabilitation worker (visual impairment) (level 5) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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