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Our innovative blindness rehabilitation course is open for applications.

This course is a rare opportunity for occupational therapists to gain the skills they need to work confidently with clients who are blind.

Read a first-hand account of how it can benefit your practice from an occupational therapist who recently completed the course.

Occupational therapists can enroll in this course alone or take it as an option within the graduate certificate program curriculum. Apply by August 1 as a non-degree seeking student and unlock new possibilities.

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Beth Barstow, PhD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA
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The Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate program is the preeminent low vision rehabilitation program for occupational therapists in the world. More than half of the OTs with a Specialty Certification in Low Vision (SCLV) are UAB alumni.

Your time is valuable. Your needs are immediate. We created the Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate just for you.

Learn clinical applications today. Implement your knowledge at work tomorrow. Every week you will learn something new to help your clients.

Our nationally recognized faculty members edited and contributed chapters to the AOTA published textbook Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults with Low Vision.

Around the world, from Singapore to Ireland to Alabama, our graduates are driving the future of this field through leadership and innovation. Our alumni have pride in their work and pride in their education. Below are some facts about our program and testimonials from Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate graduates.

Build your skills. Build your confidence. Build your own Low Vision Clinic.

That’s right - whether your interest is acquired brain injury or age-related eye disease - you will be prepared to make an impact in your community immediately.

Don’t miss family time. Don’t miss work.

Our format allows you to tailor your learning around your schedule no matter where you live. You only need five classes to earn your Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate.

Affordable. Flexible. Online.

All students pay the resident tuition rate regardless of where you live. Your brighter future begins today. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how to apply now.

UAB has many degree programs (both on-campus and online) that can lead to professional licensure or certification (PLC). Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. If you are interested in learning about potential professional licensure requirements in your state for a specific degree program, please refer to those specific program contacts as listed on this webpage. For other questions, feel free to contact UAB State Authorization at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you do not live in the United States, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, please be aware that your country may or may not regulate distance education. Visit the UAB eLearning website for more information before enrolling.

Did You Know?

  • More than 2/3 work directly with persons with vision impairment.
  • More than half of OTs with SCLV designation are UAB alumni.
  • More than half present at vision-impaired support groups or organizations.
  • More than 3/4 participate as volunteers promoting vision impairment awareness.
  • Nearly half have taught Continuing Education to rehabilitation professionals.


  • “As an OT working in the area of low vision, enrolling in the UAB graduate certificate course was one of the best professional decisions I have made. The courses are very well conceived, having a network of other low vision OT's for discussion and support is wonderful, and it has given me a great framework for OT practice in this specialty area. I would highly recommend this program to any OT considering work or already working in low vision rehabilitation.”

    — Mary Ruff, Golden Valley, Minnesota

  • “The material covered in this program is extremely beneficial in my daily clinical practice and the workload is reasonable for the full-time working OT.”

    — Lisa Puleo, Atlanta, Georgia

  • “I was working 40 hours a week when I started the program and also became a new mother during the program…I appreciated the flexibility of not having to sit in a classroom and to be able to work on assignments and take exams when it was convenient for me.”

    — Elsa Zavoda, Eidson, New Jersey

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