Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The course extends and develops concepts and learning introduced in EDUC6668 Foundations of Vision Impairment, with a particular focus on individuals and groups with complex support needs. Further development of the candidate's knowledge and understanding of the substantial challenges for individual, family and community arising from blindness and vision impairment will occur.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Provide support to vision impaired clients and their families through the ongoing clinical diagnostic process

2. Demonstrate a high level of understanding regarding complex medical conditions and vision impairment

3. Demonstrate understanding of the impact of neurological insult on the body systems

4. Communicate appropriately with clients, their families and other professionals regarding individual needs related to vision impairment.


Topics will include:

  1. Overview of diagnosis of disability and brain injury within the medical model;
  2. Characteristics of vision impairment due to neurological aetiology;
  3. Characteristics of vision impairment due to adventitious aetiology;
  4. Perceptions of vision impairment from clinical assessment;
  5. Perceptions of vision impairment from functional perspectives;
  6. Models of Australian low vision service provision.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies programs (11008 or 12365) or Master of Special Education programs (10936, 12356, or 40014).

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Preparing to Work with Complex Individuals

Online Learning Activity: 4 x Online Discussions

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Contact hours

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Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks