SAC Webinar: Combined Vision and Hearing Loss: What Makes Our Clients Abandon Their Assistive Devices?

Walter Wittich, PhD, FAAO, CLVT
March 2 2021
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Registration deadline is March 2, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. (ET)

March 2, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Time Zone Time
Pacific Time 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Mountain Time 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Central Time 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Eastern Time 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Atlantic Time 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Newfoundland Time 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.



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*All registered participants must be SAC members/associates



Cancellation Policy: Because we have limited spaces available for participants, if you are unable to attend the webinar you registered for, please contact Bev Cooper at as soon as possible.



Intended audience: Speech-Language Pathologists, speech-language pathology assistant, Audiologists, audiology assistant, speech and hearing assistant, Students

This session pertains to: Adults (18-64), Seniors (65+)

Level: Introductory (Assumes that the participant has little or no familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.)



This presentation gives an overview of the current state of research on assistive technology use from the perspective of persons living with combined vision and hearing impairment. Session participants will gain a better understanding of this vulnerable population and their rehabilitation challenges. Specifically, the content will focus on what is known about the use and usability of assistive devices and technologies that are available for sensory rehabilitation. Session participants will learn about technology research and intervention barriers, facilitators and future design priorities to improve independence and participation for persons living with combined vision and hearing impairment. 


This webinar is eligible for SAC CEEs (Category A).


Presenter Biography

Walter Wittich, PhD, FAAO, CLVT

Dr. Wittich is an Associate Professor at the School of Optometry, Université de Montréal. He studies the rehabilitation of older adults with combined vision and hearing impairment. Walter is the inaugural chair of the Deafblind International Research Network and is Quebec’s first Certified Low Vision Therapist.


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