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Kent Association for the Blind

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What subjects will the courses cover?

  • Practical exercises using blindfold and simulation glasses, including guiding and performing daily tasks,
  • Practical and emotional affects of sensory impairment; such as not being able to go out and about or feeling vulnerable,
  • An introduction to how the eye / ear work,
  • Common eye / ear conditions and understanding the main causes of sensory impairment; such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration,
  • Awareness of appropriate methods of communicating with people who have a sensory impairment,
  • Recognition of the roles and functions of a range of agencies and professionals providing services for people with sensory impairment,

Will there be lots of written work?

You will be expected to complete a small portfolio of evidence. This will be based on the training day and requires an average of 10 to 15 hours of self-directed learning, e.g. reading course materials and answering related questions.

Do I need to have any previous experience of sensory impairment?

No, it's not necessary for you to have any previous knowledge or experience of sensory impairment. The tutor will explain everything on the training day.

How much does it cost?

OCN courses cost £59 per person, which includes all course materials, OCN registration, and a portfolio of evidence pack.  An additional Certification cost applies of £35.00 for Level 2 and £45.00 for Level 3. 

Where does the training take place?

Training usually takes place at KAB's Sight Centres in Bromley, Canterbury and Maidstone, but courses can also be organised at other local venues or at your place of work. 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..

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