Recently, I learned about two new web-based interactive courses on diabetes and vision loss, offered by The Carroll Center for the Blind’s Carroll Tech Online Courses.
Both new courses were developed by Margaret E. Cleary, RN, MS, CVRT®, a rehabilitation nurse, diabetes educator, and certified vision rehabilitation therapist and Brian Charlson, Director of Computer Training Services at the Carroll Center.
Diabetes and Visual Impairment: A New View for Professionals is designed for healthcare, vision, and other medical and human service-related professionals who are seeking to improve their knowledge of, and skills in, diabetes and visual impairment. The course provides learners with the opportunity to update prior knowledge and learn new facts about diabetes self-managing. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn 30 contact hours or CEUs.
Diabetes and Visual Impairment: A New View for Patients and Families is more personalized and is designed for patients, consumers, and families who are seeking to improve their knowledge of, and skills in, diabetes and visual impairment. The course provides information to supplement the knowledge provided by physicians and other healthcare professionals.
Course Fees and Information
Tuition for each course is $100. Course development was funded by grants from the BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts Foundation, Cisco Systems, and Phillips Healthcare. According to course developer Margaret E. Cleary,
“Caring for diabetes is a 24/7 challenge. Add the complication of low vision or no vision to the mix and you go from being independent in your diabetes self-managing to daily dependence on others. The need for this type of information has been expressed to me throughout the years by thousands of patients, professionals, family members, and concerned individuals in conversations, workshops, distance education classes and online interactions.
I anticipate that at the conclusion of [each course], participants will be far better able to aid patients or consumers who have diabetes and visual impairment in developing a therapeutic, healthier, and more productive lifestyle.”
For more information, you can contact Brian Charlson at 617-969-6200, ext. 224 or by email at email@example.com