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KAB offers Open College Network (OCN) Level 2 and 3 accredited courses in:

  • Understanding Visual Impairment
  • Understanding Hearing Impairment
  • Understanding Deafblindness
  • Understanding Assistive Technology (Level 2 only)

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These one day OCN accredited courses are suitable for anyone who wants to learn about sensory impairments and how people with these impairments cope with daily living. The Assistive Technology course is designed for those who support sight impaired people to remain independent but who have little or no knowledge of the range of technologies available to assist sight impaired people.  You will learn how a computer can talk to you or magnify the text on a screen and the many benefits that a smart phone can bring to a sight impaired person.

They have been specifically designed for front-line staff, educators, health and social care workers, students, volunteers or anyone with an interest in sensory impairment. A specialist course is available for those working with people who have a learning disability.

Understanding Visual Impairment

This course will cover:

  • The main causes of visual impairment.
  • Anatomy and physiology of the eye.
  • The most common eye conditions.  
  • Practical and emotional aspects of visual impairment.  
  • Understanding the relationship between visual impairment and the environment. 
  • Practical exercises under simulation spectacles and blindfolds, including daily living skills.
  • Mobility strategies used by people with visual impairment. 
  • Examples of canes, sighted guide demonstration and practical exercises.  All this to be carried out using simi-specs.
  • Methods of communication used by people with visual impairment.  
  • Examples of Braille and Deafblind Manual.
  • Roles and functions of agencies and individuals providing services for people with visual impairment.  

Understanding Hearing Impairment

This course will cover:

  • Possible signs of hearing loss
  • Types of deafness
  • Anatomy and physiology of the ear and the hearing process
  • The main causes of hearing impairment 
  • Definitions of deafness
  • Audiograms
  • Types of hearing aids and equipment
  • Practical sessions
  • Communications methods and strategies
  • British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Linguistic and communication issues
  • Human aids to communication
  • Understanding the relationship between the environment and hearing impairment
  • Roles and functions of agencies and individuals providing services for people with hearing impairment.  

Understanding Deafblindness

This course will cover:

  • Definitions of deafblindness
  • Anatomy and physiology of the ear and eye
  • Types and causes of deafblindness
  • Environmental and emotional impact for a deafblind person
  • Equipment available for deafblind people
  • Communication methods
  • Practical activities under simulations with blindfolds and headphones
  • Roles and functions of agencies and organisations
  • Other syndromes

Understanding Assistive Technology

This course will cover:

  • Your expectations, what questions you would like answered
  • How computers can be made more accessible
  • Screen readers - how your computer talks to you
  • How a computer can be used by a Braillist
  • What is Guide and how can it help
  • What is a tablet computer - including mobile phones - and what they can do for you
  • Accessibilities features on tablets and smart phones
  • Practical exercises on software and equipment covered during the course
  • Roles and functions of agencies and individuals providing assistive technology services.  

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  • Have you wondered what it's like having reduced vision?
  • Are you nervous about helping someone with sight impairments?
  • Are the needs of sight impaired people being fully considered by your organisation?

KAB offers half-day, non-accredited, sight awareness courses that provide relevant awareness training for anyone who works with or has contact with people who have sight impairments. The training is also suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about living with sight loss or helping people who have sight impairment. The half-day training will cover:

  • The causes and effects of the six main eye conditions
  • Practical, hands on experiences under simulation spectacles and blindfolds
  • How to guide someone with sight impairment safely
  • How to help sight impaired people to perform everyday tasks

For further information or to book a course, please contact us on 01622 691357 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the links below to download the application form.

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Understanding Visual Impairment

  • Tuesday 31 October 2017 (Maidstone)
  • Friday 9 February 2018 (Maidstone)
  • Tuesday 27 March 2018 (Canterbury)
  • Monday 18 June 2018 (Bromley)
  • Friday 12 October 2018 (Maidstone)

Understanding Hearing Impairment

  • Tuesday 14 November 2017 (Canterbury)

Understanding Deafblindness

  • Monday 16 October 2017 (Canterbury)

 Understanding Assistive Technology (AT)

  • Wednesday 22 November 2017 (Maidstone)
  • Wednesday 21 February 2018 (Maidstone)
  • Wednesday 16 May 2018 (Bromley)
  • Wednesday 19 September 2018 (Canterbury)
  • Wednesday 21 November 2018 (Maidstone)

For further information, please contact us on 01622 691357 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the links below to download the application form.

Click here to download an application form in Word format

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