Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 65.3 Summer 2020

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 65 Issue 3 Nick Hadfield, M.S., TVI, COMS Northeast Metro Intermediate District #916 nhadfiel@916schools.org In the absolute mess that COVID-19 has brought our world, families of children who are visually impaired (and those with multiple disabilities) have been trying to make sense of all this in ways they have never thought were needed. At the same time, our dedicated service providers are at the same crossroads of determining how they will provide services to such a low incidence disability. As a parent and a service provider I realized I needed to take a step back and have open conversations with families about what their real needs are. I have been able to interview several families to gather some great tips, success stories and highlight some important components of collaboration to keep in mind as we approach the start of school this fall. The most significantly discussed topic is trust. It's a big word, and from the families I interviewed, it was the most important aspect of working with service providers during this time. Overall, families feel they need to have trust with everyone who works with their child. They feel if they trust those around them, Trust: A Key Component for Service Providers Collaborating With Families during a Pandemic

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