Academics

If you are looking for a career that makes a difference in people's lives, you should consider a career in the blindness and low vision fields. Did you know that graduates from the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Western Michigan University often have four to five job opportunities from across the United States? To learn more about these programs, watch the video above and explore the links to the various programs we offer.

Programs offered

Vision rehabilitation therapy
Vision rehabilitation therapists offer adults who are blind or visually impaired training in specialized methods or adaptive techniques for communication and coping with the demands of daily living.

Rehabilitation counseling/teaching
This program prepares graduates to provide a full range of vocational rehabilitation counseling services to individuals with cognitive, physical, psychiatric and sensory disabilities.

Teacher of children with visual impairments and/or orientation and mobility for children
The focus in these programs is on the specific skills required for helping children with visual impairments to learn to lead full and productive lives.

Orientation and mobility for working-age adults
Orientation and mobility is an exciting discipline that teaches people who are blind or visually impaired to travel safely, efficiently and independently in their environment.