What Is a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist?

Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (VRTs) teach adaptive independent living skills, enabling adults who are blind or have low vision to perform a wide range of essential daily living activities.

You can learn more about VRTs at the Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Division of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI) and at the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP).

For insight into the growth and development of the profession of vision rehabilitation therapy, be sure to read Dr. Lynne Luxton's article A Definition of Vision Rehabilitation Therapy. For more information about the profession and its roots, read VisionAware Peer Advisor and CVRT Lynda Jones's article From Home Teacher to Vision Rehabilitation Therapist: A Legacy.

To discover what a VRT does in the course of a day's work, read Chapter 26 in VisionAware Peer Advisor Sue Martin's book Out of the Whirlpool: A Memoir of Remorse and Reconciliation.

VRTs Require Special Training

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