VISUAL IMPAIRMENT PROGRAM
V.I. Program Resources
EI & EC VI Resources
O&M Resource Books
State SpEd Agencies
Schools for the Blind
Georgia Vision Resources
V. I. Store via Amazon
V.I. Book Resources
History of Visual Impairments
Georgia's State Agencies
Georgia Department of Education
Information about visual impairment services in Georgia can be found on the Department of Education's website along with downloads specific to serving students who are visually impaired and contact information for Georgia's Education Program Specialist.
Georgia Academy for the Blind
Georgia Academy for the Blind (GAB) provides educational services to students and families throughout Georgia including day and residential programs on campus and outreach services. Students are placed at the GAB through the IEP process. They serve as an extension of the continuum of services offered through local school districts across the state and are available to serve the students who require additional supports and services in order to meet their IEP goals.
Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS) provides Georgia residents with print impairments access to a free national library program that lends talking books on cassettes, digital cartridges or in braille and lends magazines on digital cartridge or in braille. Once a person is registered with GLASS, they will also be able to access the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) website. All of Georgia's public libraries are affiliated with one of the nine member facilities of the GLASS network.
Other Georgia Agencies
Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI)
The Center for the Visually Impaired in Atlanta is Georgia's largest facility providing rehabilitation services for the blind and visually impaired. They offer:
Georgia Association of Blind Athletes
The Georgia Association of Blind athletes is a non profit program that provides and advocates sports, recreation and social opportunities for blind and visually impaired. The main program offered is goalball. Recreational and/or competitive opportunities are available to youth and adult members.
Georgia PINES is funded by the Department of Education and provides early intervention services in natural environments with an emphasis on training families of newly diagnosed children ages birth to five years with vision and/or hearing loss using a coaching model and parent education.
Georgia Instructional Material Center (GIMC)
The GIMC is a program of the Georgia Department of Education, Division for Special Education. GIMC provides, or assists in the acquisition of, textbooks and core instructional materials in accessible formats for special education students who are blind or have a physical, or specified print related disability, and are served in Georgia's public schools. GIMC registers legally blind students, in both public and private schools for quota funds through the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) .
Georgia Sensory Assistance Project
The Georgia Sensory Assistance Project, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, offers technical assistance to school personnel, service personnel and families of children and youth with deaf-blindness from birth through 21. It is housed on the campus of the University of Georgia. GSAP conducts an annual deaf-blind census which is reported to the U.S. Department of Education.
Georgia Vision Educators Statewide Training (GVEST) GVEST provides an opportunity for Georgia's educators who serve students with visual impairments to have specialized training and to share effective practices and strategies specific to the needs of students with visual impairments. The annual GVEST conference takes place at the Georgia Academy of the Blind and provides workshops led by experts in the field of blindness.
Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Division provides a variety of individual services to persons with disabilities in preparation for their employment in the competitive labor market and to employers seeking to retain valuable employees with disabilities or hire qualified individuals for their workforce.
iCanConnect is a national deaf-blind equipment distribution program whose goal is to ensure that every person with a combined hearing and vision loss has access to modern telecommunication tools and that training necessary to use them, granting every individual the opportunity to interact with the world as an involved, contributing member of society.
Smokey Powell Center for Assistive Technology
The Smokey Powell Center is funded through the James E. "Smokey" Powell Foundation and located at the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon, GA. It offers the following services at no charge to Georgia local school districts:
Visually Impaired Foundation of Georgia, Inc. (vifGA)
vifGA is a nonprofit organization that serves as a central resource for visually impaired Georgians. The organization includes:
- Impact on Development & Learning
- Concept Development
- Concept Building Activities
- Create Tactual Books
- Braille Instruction
- Braille Instruction Activities
- Writing Braille
- Reading Efficiency
- Tactile Graphics Instruction
- Creating Tactile Graphics
- Cranmer Abacus Instruction
- Functional Skills
- Organization & Study Skills
- Listening Skills Instruction
- Listening Skills Activities
- Signature & Handwriting Instruction
- Sensory Efficiency >
- Non-Optical Low Vision Devices
- Optical Devices for Near
- Optical Devices for Distance
- Video Magnifiers
- Video Magnifier Instruction
- Low Vision Device Activities
- iPads as Instructional Tools
- Making the iOS Device Accessible
- Screen Enlargement & Readers
- Braille Technology
- Braillewriter Repair
- Tactile Graphics Technology
- Low/Medium Tech Devices for Tactual Learners
- Notetaker Instruction
- Accessing Audio Books
- Auditory Access Devices
- Navigate Computer without a Mouse
- Word Processing and Shortcuts
- Keyboarding Instruction
- Independent Living >
- Social Skills >
- O&M >
- Career Edu. >
- Recreation & Leisure >
- Self Determination
- Compensatory >
- ECC Units
- Apps for VI
- TVI's Share
- VI Jobs