The mission of Teaching Students with Visual Impairments is to: address and encompass all aspects related to educating students who are blind or visually impaired from diagnosis and referral to adaptations and unique instruction; provide all persons involved in the student's education with the necessary resources they need to help each student become successful members of their communities; and to equip those in the vision field with a readily available resource to meet the wide range of needs of the students they serve.
A curriculum designed for students in elementary school who are Blind or Visually Impaired with additional disabilities who are not following the standard course of study.
EXPANDED CORE CURRICULUM
Compensatory & Functional
Orientation & Mobility
Recreation & Leisure
Career & Vocational
The Daily Schedule
Teaching with Units
Activities for Home
VI Program Resources
Visual Impairment Store
If you are a classroom teacher, therapist or administrator unfamiliar with working with students who are blind or visually impaired, this site will assist you in preparing and creating a learning environment that is adapted to meet the unique needs of the students and to help you confidently teach them. It is common for teachers who are unfamiliar with working with students with visual impairments to feel apprehensive, but with the support of a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, you will effective and successfully meet the student's unique needs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you are entering, or currently in the vision field, you will find information related to all areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum as well as other resources related to all aspects of instructing students with visual impairments and adapting the environment, materials and method of instruction. Within this site you will find information on teaching strategies, environmental & material adaptations including special devices, and make curricular adaptations to meet each students unique visual needs.
Identifying students who are blind or visually impaired and establishing eligibility is the first step in meeting the students needs. This is followed by a thorough assessment to determine the students unique visual needs and what factors assist a students use of vision and what factors negatively impact the student. The team can then develop an individualized plan.
Students who are blind or visually impaired, require adaptations to the environment, materials and instruction. Each student with a visual impairment will have his or her own unique visual needs. These needs will depend on the students visual impairment as well as other disabilities.
The Expanded Core Curriculum addresses the knowledge and skills needed by students who are blind or visually impaired due to their unique disability and specific needs.
Students who are blind or visually impaired may not be functioning on grade level due to additional disabilities particularly those students with some level of cognitive delays. These students in particular need a hands-on curriculum. This section provides lessons and activities.
This section provides resources for those interested in entering the vision field as well as information for those in the vision field. Resources include: where to locate webinars and other sources of professional development; universities offering vision programs; resource books; and national organizations.
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