Amman- 30 December 2018

Under the patronage of the President of the German Jordanian University (GJU) Prof. Manar Fayyad, the Vision Rehabilitation Center (VRC) at the GJU celebrated the graduation of the eleventh batch of the Professional Diploma in Vision Rehabilitation.

This course aims at improving the knowledge and skills of professionals in the field of vision rehabilitation by offering a series of lectures that combine theoretical lectures with hands-on activities on low vision assessment, early intervention, education, orientation and mobility, and independence skills.

Fayyad congratulated the seven graduates who are from different background and specialties and encouraged them to use this knowledge and experience to serve people with visual impairment in their organization and community.

Dr. Nasim Al Numan mentioned that the rehabilitation for persons with visual impairment is a community service that will contribute to human development and improving their quality of life.

Two graduates from Jordan (Balsam) and Kenya (Millioth) gave a speech where they thanked the team of the Vision Rehabilitation Center for their efforts during the course, describing the benefits they gained from the course within a professional and enjoyable environment.

Whereas Maisaa Masoud, a lecturer at VRC presented the center's accomplishments during the year 2018. She explained that the center offered three tailored courses; two of these courses were conducted in site while the third one was administered via Skype to thirteen participants from Humanity and Inclusion Organization in Syria.

Moreover, the center offers Online courses; the Basic online course included 474 participants, while the intermediate course had ten specialists; three of them came to Jordan from their countries (Ghana, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt), to register in the advanced course which includes practical and clinical training.

Maisaa added that the VRC served 1018 service users since 2012 and 1164 assistive devices were distributed to the persons with low vision according to their needs, in addition to the center’s activities such as vision screening, awareness lectures, workshops and taking part in International Conferences.

From her side, Yosur Qutishat, a lecturer at the center presented briefly the students’ graduation projects. The projects varied between increasing awareness about dealing with persons with visual impairment, environmental accommodations, tactual and sensory materials for learning, and establishing low vision and early intervention services in Kenya.

It is worthy to mention that participants from the Humanity and Inclusion Organization joined the graduation. The course they accomplished is about Orientation & Mobility for persons with severe visual impairment.

In the end, Fayyad distributed the certificates to the graduates.