34. VT and TVI: The Difference is More Than Just the “I”Speakers:
Kerry Lueders, MS, COMS, TVI, CLVT, and Elise Ciner, O.D.
For decades, Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVIs) have been called upon to evaluate children who have been recommended for vision therapy. This session will prepare participants to understand the differences between vision therapy services and educational visual impairment services. Case study discussions will serve to further elucidate the complexities and overlaps between vision therapy and educational visual impairment services and how eligibility for special education may be impacted.
Act 48, ACVREP, ASHA, Psych
Special Education Teachers, Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired, Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind, Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, General Education Teachers, Supervisors/Administrators, Assistive Technology Specialists, Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, School Counselors and/or School Psychologists, Parents, Guardians, Family Members, Paraprofessionals
Kerry Lueders is an Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Programs in Low Vision Rehabilitation (LVR) at Salus University. She is certified in Orientation and Mobility and Low Vision Therapy through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP), and is a certified Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She practices at the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at Indiana University at Bloomington in the Instructional Systems Technology program.
Dr. Ciner received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University. After earning her Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry, she completed a residency in vision training at the State University of New York, College of Optometry. For the past 25 years, Dr. Ciner has been an optometric educator and researcher at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) where she teaches Pediatric Optometry and Human Development courses. Dr. Ciner evaluates children with special needs in the Pediatric and Binocular Vision service at The Eye Institute and provides electrophysiology services to patients of all ages. She helped develop the Infant Vision Service as well as the Special Populations Assessment and Rehabilitation Centers at PCO. While doing so, she maintains a strong interest in clinical research, having served as the principal investigator for the Vision in Preschoolers Study (VIP) as well as the Myopia Family Study, both funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This innate focus on research led to the development of the Preschool Assessment of Stereopsis with a Smile (“PASS”) test used by practitioners to measure depth perception in young children. Dr. Ciner is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and an associate in the College of Optometry and Vision Development. She has served on numerous panels related to health care and learning related vision problems. With over 60 published articles and chapters to her credit, she also lectured throughout the country. In addition to her responsibilities at Salus University, Dr. Ciner maintains a private practice where she sees children and adults with binocular vision, focusing and learning related vision disorders.