Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 64.4 Fall 2019

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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VIDBE-Q Volume 64 Issue 4 5 While services for infants and toddlers with visual impairments is a subset of the bigger field of education for students with visual impairments, it is also considered by some as a completely separate field of study and practice. Early Intervention (IDEA Part C services for children aged 0 to 36 months), including services for children with visual impairments, has unique service models, methods of teaching, and pre and in service training requirements. Babies may grow up to be 4 th graders, but babies are different than 4 th graders! This issue has it all! Dorinda Rife is calling us to action for participation in Babies Count, the only registry of its kind in the US. This national registry gathers demographic information about babies, their families, and services designed to support them. This information not only informs the field about the unique characteristics of our babies and toddlers but will also inform us longitudinally by helping to define the population of all children with visual impairments. Mindy Ely and Maribeth Lartz highlight the teacher preparation standards for those who provide early intervention services to children with visual impairments and their families. Nana Dewald introduces the concept of tele-intervention using virtual technologies to provide services to children and families. This service model is becoming more necessary and effective, though more research

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