Communication Programming Implications for Individuals With Genetic Causes of Severe Disability and Visual Impairment This article discusses genetic syndromes that are etiologies of severe disabilities that include the characteristic of visual impairment. Information provided about refractive errors, field loss, cortical visual impairment, and ocular issues is intended to support the practitioner outside the field of visual impairment to collaborate with the teacher of students ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2015
Communication Programming Implications for Individuals With Genetic Causes of Severe Disability and Visual Impairment
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  • Susan M. Bruce
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Chris Brum
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Allison Nannemann
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Disclosure: Financial: Susan M. Bruce, Chris Brum, and Allison Nannemann have no financial interests to disclose.
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2015
Communication Programming Implications for Individuals With Genetic Causes of Severe Disability and Visual Impairment
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2015, Vol. 24, 94-105. doi:10.1044/aac24.3.94
History: Received December 7, 2014 , Revised April 16, 2015 , Accepted May 1, 2015
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2015, Vol. 24, 94-105. doi:10.1044/aac24.3.94
History: Received December 7, 2014; Revised April 16, 2015; Accepted May 1, 2015

This article discusses genetic syndromes that are etiologies of severe disabilities that include the characteristic of visual impairment. Information provided about refractive errors, field loss, cortical visual impairment, and ocular issues is intended to support the practitioner outside the field of visual impairment to collaborate with the teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI). This article provides an overview of the responsibilities of the TVI who can advise others about appropriate enlargement of materials, positioning for optimal use of functional vision, and adaptations to lessons such as the individualized daily schedule. Additionally, the TVI is familiar with instructional strategies to support the use of functional vision and to develop tactile skills. This article concludes with a discussion of the importance of interprofessional collaboration.

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