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VE-VHT-32: Practitioner Training Needs in AT to Better Serve Students with Visual Impairments: Community Survey Results


In Aug-Sept. 2021, ATIA conducted an on-line survey to practitioners who provide AT supports to people who are blind, have low vision, or are deafblind. A total of 1,227 responses were captured in the on-line platform.

Representatives from the following ATIA partner organizations contributed to the design, dissemination and final report including: Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP), VisionServe Alliance (VSA), The American Printing House for the Blind (APH), Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) and The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Content Disclosure: This session references information gathered in the ATIA BVI Survey, conducted August 8th to Sept 1st, 2021, and does not reference data from other sources.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Describe one or more highlights from the survey.
Second Learning Objective: Describe one or more considerations for practitioners from the survey.
Third Learning Objective: Describe one or more recommendations from the survey.

Primary Strand

Vision & Hearing Technologies

Secondary Strand


Target Audience

  • Accessibility Professional
  • ADA Coordinator
  • Administrators
  • AT Specialists
  • Alternative Media Specialist
  • Caregivers
  • Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Disability Services
  • Educators
  • Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education
  • Family Members
  • Government/Non-Profit Agencies
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Rehab Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Educators
  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired
  • Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Visual Impairment Specialists
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Experience Level


Primary Life Cycle Addressed


Session Delivery Format

In-person presentation with live-stream

Course Schedule

This course was given at the ATIA 2022 Conference on Thursday, Jan 27: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (EST)

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Learning Center CEUs

This course is offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.

As this course was included in the ATIA 2022 Virtual Event series, please refer to the ATIA Learning Center CEUs page for further information on how to submit your CRC CEUs for this course to CRCC.


David Dikter

Assistive Technology Industry Association, CEO


Mr. Dikter is the CEO of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) and manages the overall mission of ATIA to bring assistive technology to people with disabilities. He is responsible for all aspects of the ATIA annual conference, online Learning Center, public awareness, government education and work on national policy issues as it relates to assistive and accessible technologies. Mr. Dikter sits on the W3C-Web Accessibility Initiative Steering Council and works with diverse groups to promote AT and the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Salary through employment.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
Mr. Dikter sits on the W3C-Web Accessibility Initiative Steering Council.