|Newsletters: ACVREP Newsletter - July 2010
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Advancing professional competency in vision rehabilitation and education to
promote service quality.
Certification and Recertification September 2010 Quarterly Review Reminder
Certification Applications must be received by ACVREP no later than September
1, 2010 in order to be reviewed and considered for approval in the September
2010 certification quarter. Applications received after this date will be reviewed
in the December 2010 certification quarter. If you have any questions regarding
certification please contact Jessica Trevino at 520.887.6816 (ext. 222) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recertification Applications for the September 2010 recertification quarter
must be received by ACVREP by September 1, 2010 for review and approval. Applications
submitted after this date will be reviewed in the December 2010 recertification
quarter. If you have any questions regarding recertification please contact
Garett Holm at 520.887.6816 (ext. 223) or email@example.com.
Nominations for ACVREP Board of Directors
In accordance to corporate bylaws and policies, the Nominations Committee of
the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals
(ACVREP) Board of Directors is preparing to review applications for the following
open Board of Directors positions:
1. One (1) Director: Non-Certified Professional; Individual who is blind or
visually impaired and not a vision rehabilitation and education services professional.
2. One (1) Director: ACVREP Certified Professional.
If you wish to be considered for an open position on the ACVREP Board of Directors,
please submit an application by August 15, 2010.
here to access the Board of Directors Recruitment Packet.
here to access the Board of Directors Membership Nomination Application.
If you have any questions regarding the recruitment, application, or selection
process, please contact Garett A. Holm, President of ACVREP, at 520.887.6816
(ext. 223) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been a busy year thus far for ACVREP as we continue to celebrate our
10th anniversary. In celebration of this momentous occasion it is important
to recognize the contributions of our founders, those who have served ACVREP,
and all of ACVREPs certified professionals. As President of ACVREP, I
am proud to be a part of an organization that was founded by the achievements
of professionals who care for the field and individuals, families, and communities
they serve. In recognizing theses efforts and achievements, I am reminded of
the importance of ACVREPs mission, purposes, and responsibility within
the field and to the public. In implementing quality certification programs
for the vision rehabilitation and education professionals, we must continue
to promote and support professional competency, service quality, and the confidence
of individuals seeking and receiving services.
It has been said that the best way to honor the past is to secure the future.
I am mindful of this sentiment in my role as President of ACVREP and understand
its importance relative to ACVREPs mission and purposes. In the past,
I used this format to discuss plans for improving ACVREPs communications,
services, and overall programs. I am happy to report at this time that ACVREP
has implemented several actions that serve to enhance our certification programs
and ability to communicate and serve ACVREP certified professionals. Thus far,
we have implemented the following key actions:
1. The establishment of standing Subject Matter Expert (SME) Committees for
each of ACVREPs professional certification programs (CLVT®, COMS®,
and CVRT®). I cannot stress the importance of the SME committees in terms
of guiding the future of ACVREPs certification programs. The SME Committees
are responsible for the ongoing development of ACVREP professional standards,
certification exams, certification and recertification eligibility criteria,
and Codes of Ethics. The effort of the SME committees will greatly promote ACVREPs
ability to maintain certification programs that are consistently relevant and
represent the highest standards of quality vision rehabilitation and education
At this time, the membership roster for the COMS SME Committee has been approved,
with the membership rosters for CLVT and CVRT SME Committees scheduled for approval
later this month. The membership roster for the COMS SME Committee is as follows:
Faith Dunham-Simms, COMS
Daniel Kish, COMS
Lesley MacDonald, COMS
William Penrod, COMS
Rebecca Renshaw, COMS
Dona Sauerburger, COMS
Eileen Siffermann, COMS
Rob Sunberg, COMS
Elizabeth Underwood, COMS
Jay Whipple, COMS
Isaac York, COMS
As per organizational policy, recommendations relevant to the development of
ACVREPs professional standards, certification and recertification eligibility
criteria, and Codes of Ethics facilitated by the SME committee must be submitted
to the public for review and comment prior to consideration by the ACVREP Board
of Directors. In sum, these mechanisms result in greater organizational transparency
2. ACVREP has implemented a postcard notification system to inform applicants
that application materials have been received by the ACVREP offices during key
phases of the certification and recertification process. In addition, ACVREP
has recently initiated a new candidate tracking system to monitor the progress
of candidates during the certification and recertification processes. This system
also allows for the recording of documents and telephone and email contact received
by the ACVREP office.
Given the responsibilities of the SME committees relative to the ongoing development
of ACVREP certification programs, ACVREP has restructured the Certification
Committees for each certified discipline to take the responsibility of reviewing
candidate status reports and internal process monitoring. This action offers
an additional level of quality control to improve processing efficiency.
3. As of June 1, 2010, ACVREP has implemented a secure on-line testing platform.
There are multiple benefits associated with this action. First, it provides
those individuals sitting for the applicable certification exam greater autonomy
in scheduling the examination date, time, and location. Second, it will expedite
the certification process for both the applicant and the ACVREP office by limiting
the time required to coordinate exam dates with the designated testing center.
Distribution of exam-related materials and exam results will also be greatly
enhanced for all parties. Third, the candidate will receive results immediately,
reducing additional stress to the candidate.
This action also enhances organizational effectiveness and efficiency by providing
ACVREP staff more time to respond to stakeholder inquires and requests. In addition,
the on-line platform increases the security of exam forms and items. Finally,
the platform provides SME Committee members the opportunity to continually develop
new exam items in order to consistently maintain exam item relevance and alignment
to ACVREPs professional standards.
These are just some of the actions ACVREP has taken to secure the future and
to be the organization our stakeholders have worked for and deserve. ACVREP
knows there is still more to accomplish. ACVREP believes it is important that
the field as a whole focuses attention and effort to ensure that qualified vision
rehabilitation and education professionals are recognized and valued as members
of the allied health and education services network. Such efforts include the
Medicare Demonstration Project and other means that fully recognize the critical
services provided by vision rehabilitation and education professionals as well
as the valuable benefits gained by individuals, families, and communities.
In closing, if I may ever be of assistance to you please do not hesitate to
contact me at 520.887.6816 (ext. 223) or at email@example.com.
Thank you for all that you do and my best wishes for all your future endeavors.
Garett A. Holm, President
ACVREP Announces Continuing Education Opportunities through JVIB
July 2, 2010
The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals
(ACVREP) and AFB Press have joined together in an important new partnership
that will benefit professionals in the visual impairment field. Beginning July
1, selected articles in each issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment &
Blindness (JVIB) will be available online as sources of the continuing education
hours necessary for professional recertification by ACVREP. JVIB, the international
journal of record in the visual impairment field for over 100 years, is published
by AFB Press. For more information please visit http://jvib.org/ceus.
The new arrangement with JVIB will provide ACVREP certified professionals and
journal subscribers and readers with an expanded opportunity to accrue continuing
education credits in an easily accessible and affordable way. Simply go to the
Table of Contents of any
JVIB issue published after this date to see the latest
CEU opportunities. In addition, ACVREP certified professionals will be offered
discounted subscriptions to JVIB.
As JVIB subscribers, ACVREP certified professional will also receive a discount
on associated CEU fees. To receive the discount, certified must use the ACVREP
discount code when making their purchase. You can obtain the ACVREP discount
code by submitting a request to Garett Holm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JVIB subscribers with a valid user ID and password can utilize the CEU
system automatically. Nonsubscribers may purchase articles with CEUs for an
additional fee and will be assigned a user ID and password to make use of the
Each designated article will be accompanied by 5 multiple-choice questions.
After achieving a passing score, a certificate of completion will delivered
to you by e-mail. This certificate can then be presented to ACVREP to fulfill
What Does it Cost?
If you are BOTH a JVIB subscriber and an ACVREP certified professional*:
$9 per CE
If you are a JVIB subscriber only:
$10 per CEU
$25 per article plus CEU
Save by subscribing to JVIB!
print and online subscription$75.00
*ACVREP certified professionals receive a 10% discount on their JVIB
subscription by using the ACVREP code. Go to the JVIB Table
of Contents to get started!
How Can I Use My JVIB CEUs for ACVREP Recertification?
ACVREP-certified professionals may apply a maximum total of 12 CEUs obtained
from the successful completion of JVIB online assessments to fulfill
the minimum 25 point Category 1 (Continuing Education) requirement established
by the ACVREP recertification policy. When you have successfully completed 4
out of 5 questions associated with a designated JVIB article, you earn
a certificate of completion that is delivered to you by e-mail, for presentation
If you have additional questions, please write email@example.com or call (304)
ACVREP Board of Directors
Judy van Naerssen, M.S., OTRL, CLVT (Chairperson)
John Ford, M.A., COMS, CLVT (Vice-Chairperson)
Jim Kracht, J.D. (Treasurer)
Barbara Hunt, M.A., CVRT (Secretary)
Maureen Duffy, CVRT
Kathleen M. Huebner, Ph.D., COMS
Joseph H. Maino, OD, FAAO
Linda K. Merrill
Dawn Pickering, OC(C), COMT, CLVT
Jay Stiteley, CVRT
Garett A. Holm, President
520.887.6816 (ext. 223)
Jessica Trevino, Certificant Services Unit
520.887.6816 (ext. 222)
Bill Kuczek, Accounting Unit