Clients enrolled in training programs often have more than one disability, which can complicate established processes and may create barriers to learning. It is important to view individual cases holistically to identify and address those barriers as quickly as possible. In this session, we will focus on clients who have secondary cognitive disabilities and are receiving comprehensive services for the blind and visually impaired and those with combined vision and hearing loss. We will discuss functional issues clients may face in this environment, and explore the accommodations instructors can adopt to ensure clients have equal access to services.
Key Learning Outcomes
1. Have a greater understanding of how a cognitive disability may impact client access to comprehensive training programs.
2. Identify accommodations that can be implemented to address access concerns.
3. Gain insight into the importance of identifying, understanding, and addressing coexisting disorders.