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As a former board member for AER and a current board member for ACVREP, I agree implicitly with Dr.
Since the O&M specialists have passed the ACVREP certifying examination and are considered fully certified to teach, they are also expected to function with certainty in all O&M roles and competencies.
The second major event of the year was the formal affiliation between ACVREP and AFB Press, whereby the journal provides articles for continuing education credit to ACVREP members.
Once the new certification policies are instituted, a tutorial entitled "Applying for ACVREP Certification: A Step By Step Process" will be available on the ACVREP web site (<www.acvrep.org>) that explains more about the process for Full Certification and Provisional Certification and the eligibility criteria.
Editor's note: The Board of Directors of the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) recently announced that in March 2009 new certification policies and procedures would be instituted to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.
New discounts are, however, expected to be extended to the cost of certification fees for individuals who have multiple ACVREP certifications.
In order to participate, service providers must be certified by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).
Training must be provided one-on-one and face-to-face, not in a group setting, and may only be provided by professionals certified by ACVREP.
In addition, the result would be to give vision rehabilitation professionals certified by ACVREP, which embodies the highest standards for certification in visual impairment, recognition as the gold standard for service providers in this area.
Furthermore, since vision rehabilitation professionals certified by ACVREP are the only service providers, other than physicians or occupational therapists, recognized by CMS as able to provide services and training to people with visual impairments, it is imperative that as many professionals as possible become certified by ACVREP in order to maximize participation in this project.
The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) provides certification in vision rehabilitation therapy, O&M instruction, and low vision therapy.
Now that occupational therapists are filling the void, we should support the increased delivery of services to our clients by offering courses in low vision so competent professionals can become certified by ACVREP. The occupational therapists I work with are committed to the concept known as a "standard of care," which is in line with the high standards of our field, and would benefit the populations we serve.
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