Prerequisites for rehab specialists involved in the low vision driver education training and assessment process.
By Chuck Huss C.O.M.S
1. Review your state's rules and regulations regarding vision standards for driving;
2. Know your opposition and attempt to resolve differences on issues without litigation and/or legislation;
3. Review those college notes regarding the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the eye;
4. Be aware that no two individuals with the same visual disorder will function nor interpret the world around them identically, including dynamic driving environment(s);
5. Access and preview audio-visual driver education training materials (I.P.D.E. process, defensive driving skills, safe space-cushion driving principles, etc.);
6. Learn how to operate audio-visual equipment correctly and independently;
7. Observe first hand the differences and similarities of the driving performance(s) of normally sighted versus low vision driver education students/clients;
8. Obtain formalized driver evaluator training which incorporates standardized methods for observing, evaluating, and rating the driver performance of students;
9. Become familiar with and able to recognize pre-driver readiness and awareness abilities of your assigned students;
10. Enhance your knowledge of the various visual characteristics such as visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, useful field of view and visual field and their relevance to the driving task;
11. Review your state's driver's manual (especially regarding pavement markings, road signs, and road laws);
12. Become knowledgeable regarding various types, styles, and powers of BiOptic telescopic lens systems (including correct use and areas of concern of each system);
13. Become a "GOOD LISTENER"!
Charles P. Huss, C.O.M.S. Coordinator, Low Vision Driver Services
West Virginia Rehabilitation Center P.O. Box 1004 Barron Drive Institute, WV 25112 TEL: 304-766-4803 FAX: 304-766-4816 Charles P. Huss is an Academy Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with 25 years of teaching experience with visually impaired individuals [K-Geriatrics].
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