By: Carmen Willings
If you have never worked with a student with a visual impairment before, you may wonder who a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) is and what they do. Your student may be referred to other specialists such as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist or a Low Vision Specialist, and you may wonder what their roles are. The student may also need the support of a braillist or a paraprofessional and you may be curious about what their role would be. This area will link you to pages that will answer these questions as well as questions you may have about the special evaluations.
There is currently a shortage of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) as well as Orientation & Mobility Specialists (O&M) in the United States. This page provides information on how to become a TVI or O&M.
There is currently a shortage of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments as well as Orientation & Mobility Specialists in the United States. This page provides a list of Colleges and Universities that have vision programs as well as links to their sites for specific information on each program.
Those unfamiliar with the field of visual impairments and blindness may wonder who a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments is and what they do. This page explains the role and responsibilities of the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments.
The TVI may determine that the student also needs to be evaluated by an Orientation & Mobility Specialist (O&M). This page provides information on the role of O&M Specialists and the skills they may work on.
The TVI may recommend a student with residual vision receive a low vision evaluation to prescribe low vision devices. This page will provide you with more information on the role of the Clinical Low Vision Specialist and what takes place during the evaluation.
Vision Rehabilitation Specialists help adults who are blind or visually impaired in living independently in all of their environments. This page describes their role.
A Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist for People with Visual Impairments, ("CATIS"), is a new area of certification in the field of visual impairments. Learn more about CATIS on this page.
Support personnel can assist professional staff in providing necessary services to meet the educational needs of students with visual impairments. Paraprofessionals and braille transcribers (braillists) are the most common support personnel available to educational teams. This page describes their roles.
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