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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I joined the free membership, but can't access some of the pages.
A: While the majority of the pages within my website are available to anyone, the free membership provides access to the Free Printables page and the Goal Bank pages. Other pages within my website are unlocked when you make a purchase (e.g. purchase the TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC Complete Set to access the ECC Complete Set Bonus section or purchase webinars to unlock the webinar pages.)
Q: How do I access the pdf digital download?
A: A link to the pdf files is located on your receipt under "Download Information". If you didn't receive a receipt after you made your purchase, please check your spam folder.
Q: How do I access the webinars?
A: Once you purchase one or more of the webinars, you will have immediate access to the associated webinar page. The webinars are housed on the webinar pages and include the webinar and associated downloads.
Q: Do you accept school Purchase Orders? What do I need to do?
A: YES! I accept purchase orders (P.O.'s). You will need to contact your school's treasurer's office, or other person in your organization that is in charge of ordering and setting up P.O.s. Have that person contact me and I will furnish them with a W-9 which is needed to establish Teaching Students with Visual Impairments as an approved vendor. Depending on your state and organization, you may need me to complete additional forms. Once I am approved, you will complete a purchase order and have them send it to me as an email attachment.
If purchasing digital downloads, be sure to have that person include your name or the name of the person it is being purchased for and that person's email so I may contact them if there are any revisions or provide access to closed member pages when applicable. I will send an invoice and the pdf download to the individual and copy the treasure or finance officer so that the person sees that the materials have been received, allowing them to pay the invoice. If you have any questions, contact me, and I can help you with the process.
Q: Am I able to print copies and save the files in multiple places?
A: Absolutely! Although you may not forward copies to others, you may print as many copies as you need for your use with students on your caseload. I simply ask that you purchase a separate book for each TVI. Each purchase allows you to make two downloads. I recommend using one on your phone or tablet for reference on the go and you may want to download the other to a flash drive. Should you accidentally download to an undesired location or have any other difficulty with the download, please contact me so I can help.
Q: How do you use the ECC book resources?
A: I am biased but I love these ECC activities as I can adapt them to all age and developmental levels of the students I serve. I print a copy of the current unit along with enough copies of each of the Grab & Go sheets for each student depending on the student's goals. I love having all the activities I use in one place!
Q: Are you developing more resources?
A: YES! I continue to create worksheets and activities for the students I serve as well as other program resources to help the teams on which I serve.
Q: I'm interested in becoming a vision professional. Where can I learn more?
A: How wonderful that you're thinking of joining the field of visual impairments! There is currently a nationwide shortage of vision professionals! You can learn more about the different careers in the vision field: Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Orientation & Mobility Specialists, Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists, Low Vision Specialists, and braillists/paraprofessionals. You can find a list of professional preparation programs here. Some universities offer online coursework, while others require you to attend traditional on-campus courses, while still others offer a combination. As university coursework changes, you will need to contact the universities directly. You can follow the link to their program sites to learn more detailed information.
Q: My child is blind or visually impaired. Where can I find support?
A: I hope that the pages throughout this website can provide you with the information to support your child and your child's educational team. If you aren't sure of resources in your state, the American Printing House for the Blind maintains an excellent listing of services that are available in each state and manages a Connect Center to support professionals, families, and consumers. For information about educational guidelines in your state, you may find it helpful to contact the vision specialist at the Department of Education in your state. Are you in need of a vision advocate? The American Council of the Blind may be able to help or point you in the right direction. Additionally, you may want to join a support network, such as Family Connect and/or a support network specific to your child's visual diagnosis.
Q: My adult family member (or friend) is blind or visually impaired. Where can I find help?
A: The American Printing House for the Blind has an excellent listing of services that are available in each state. Additionally, VisionAware is specifically designed for adults who are losing their site. As a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, my expertise is in the education of children ages birth through 22 who are blind or visually impaired. My expertise is not with serving adults, that being said, you may find information throughout this website that can provide you with strategies and suggestions in supporting your adult loved one.
Q: Our program has a vacancy for a visual impairment professional. How can I post our vacancy?
A: You can and should post your vacancy on your program's website, but how do you guarantee vision professionals find your posting? You could post your vacancy on traditional job posting boards that are available for all jobs, but I suggest you post on a website that is frequented by vision professionals. AER offers a job posting board that is known to and used by many vision professionals. I offer job postings here at a rate of $50 for the first month and a reduced price ($25) for subsequent months as I know that it can take longer than usual to fill vacancies in the field of visual impairments. I charge a fee to ensure the postings are real and current as well as to recuperate the costs of maintaining this web resource. Additionally, you may want to reference the presentation I gave at the Council of Schools for the Blind on strategies for recruitment and career growth.
Q: Is Teaching Students with Visual Impairments an organization?
A: The web resource Teaching Students with Visual Impairments was created and continues to be maintained by Carmen Willings, a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments. The job postings, ads, and affiliate links throughout the website cover the cost of operation of the website. Thank you for your support! Although I am not an organization, my goal is to direct you to organizations and resources that can help you throughout the pages of this website. If there are vision specific programs or resources you know of that you feel should be listed within the pages, please let me know so I can add them! There are submissions forms throughout the website for your convenience. If you'd like to learn more about my background, visit the About page.
History of vi
Vi organizations & Agencies
VI book resources
Individual Learning Differences
Community Based Experiences
Concepts to Teach
Organization & Study Skills
Movies & Assemblies
Lectures & Instruction
Board Work (Chalk, White, etc.)
Numbers & Counting
Cranmer Abacus Instruction
Geometry & Spatial Sense
Measurement & Data
Early Literacy Experiences
Create Tactual Books
Social Studies Adaptations
Accessible Educational Materials
Individual Schedules & Communication Cards
Optical Devices for Near
Optical Devices for Distance
Optical Device Use
Pictures & Worksheets
Word Processing and Shortcuts
Navigate Computer w/o a Mouse
Braille Instruction Materials
Summer Reading (braille)
Signature & Handwriting
Nemeth Braille Code
Tactile Graphics Guidelines
Creating Tactile Graphics
Tactile Graphics Instruction
Teacher Made Materials
Overview of Assistive Technology
VI AT Resources
Non-Optical Low Vision Devices
Video Magnifier Instruction
Screen Enlargement & Readers
Low/Med. Tech Tactual Devices
Tactile Graphics Technology
Auditory Access Devices
Accessing Audio Books
iPads as Instructional Tools
Making iOS Device Accessible
iOS Accessibility Resources
Apps for VI
Note Taking apps
Apps for Accessing Books
Navigation & Location Apps
Sound Making Apps
Cause & Effect Apps
Vision Skills Apps
Apps for Early Learning
Read to Me Story Apps
Apps for Communication
Android Apps for VI
Encourage Use of Vision
Sensory Area & Rooms
Sensory Activities for Students with Multiple Disabilities
Visual Efficiency Skills
Visual Attend and Scan Activities
Visual Tracking Activities
Visual Discrimination Activities
Visual Motor Activities
Developing Skillful Hands
Listening Skill Instruction
orientation & Mobility
recreation & Leisure