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Bryan Gerritsen - Low Vision Rehabilitation ServicesLow Vision Rehabilitation Services (LVRS) is established to help persons with a vision loss be able to continue to read, write, sew, see TV and faces better, and do other things that are difficult because of their eye condition.  LVRS is directed by Bryan Gerritsen, Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT).   Bryan works in conjunction with ophthalmologists and optometrists in 13 doctors' offices in most major cities in Utah to provide this low vision care.  

Bryan received his Master’s Degree at Western Michigan University in 1975 in Orientation and Mobility for the Blind.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University in 1974 in Special Education for the Blind.  He has done post graduate work at San Francisco State University and Utah State University. 

He has worked as a low vision therapist at doctors' offices and eye centers since 2002, serving persons of all ages with a vision loss, assisting them to use the vision they have to be able to do the tasks they enjoy.  Prior to that, he worked as a low vision therapist for the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired for 14 years, and for 11 years at the Utah School for the Blind as an orientation and mobility specialist.  Bryan also worked at the Atlanta Area Services for the Blind from 1975 to 1977 as an orientation and mobility specialist, and trained in their low vision clinic.   

Bryan has authored and co-authored several articles for professional journals on various aspects of low vision care.  He has also been a speaker on low vision at numerous international, regional, and state conferences of organizations who serve the visually impaired. Bryan just completed filming an online course in Dallas on Low Vision, which is intended for occupational therapists, nurses, and doctors in providing low vision care to patients. 

Bryan serves as a consultant to the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) on lighting for the visually impaired. He wrote, narrated and is featured on a new DVD by them on lighting for persons with low vision.  He also helped produce a video for them on enhancing contrast in your home for the visually impaired.  Both of these videos are highlighted on AFB’s website:  www.afb.org/seniorsite

Bryan is the former chair of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Division of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), an international organization of professionals serving the visually impaired.  He served for 8 years in various positions at the international level, and for 6 years as the chapter president of the Utah organization of professionals serving the visually impaired.  He also served for several years on an advisory board with the National Eye Institute (NEI), and was asked to speak at the National Press Club in Washington, DC for the kickoff of their national low vision education program. 

In 2000 Bryan was asked to travel to Indonesia to help their President in his palace, due to his vision loss.  Bryan has enjoyed working with thousands of persons who have low vision, to help them with seeing and doing the things they thought would not be possible again.  Low Vision Rehabilitation Services is organized to help people with a vision loss remain independent, to assist them with the challenges and struggles they face, and to give them help and hope.