Visual Impairment

I am the NZ leader and driver of OT education and service in low vision. A survey about vision rehabilitation practice in NZ (Butler & Hollestielle, 2017) indicated that OTs need more education in this area, so I developed a postgraduate qualification in low vision (Butler, Kale, Thompson, 2014). I use research to evaluate my education practice, including the development of innovative fieldwork placements both in NZ and overseas (Butler & Jones, 2017). My research in low vision practice focuses on developing low-cost sustainable solutions. For example, I received a grant to integrate lighting solutions into home assessments(Butler, 2016, 2017), identified as a research priority in the OT profession (U.S OT Association, 2014). I underpin the pragmatism of my approach with literature reviews to ensure best practice (Butler, 2017