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 most importantly all service providers which includes; case managers, educational assistants and administration. I am completely in agreement with all of these families that trust is number one. If you can establish trust first, it will be used as a foundation to build upon for future services. It's not that families are saying you need to come over for a barbeque and become friends on Facebook, but in general being kind, non-confrontational and supportive from the beginning will aid in establishing trust. As I am getting to know families who are just starting the process with their first intake meeting, they have shared it is extremely overwhelming to differentiate their child's exact needs compared to that from a sighted child as an infant. Plain and simple parents don't know what they don't know. I have attended intake meetings for newly identified students or babies where case managers ask what they want for their child and what they would like from us. Well, that's too broad and honestly pretty difficult to answer for our families. In an ideal situation when meeting families we can reserve better chunks of time to assist in not only educating our families but in turn providing them with enough resources for them to be able to educate themselves as they are able. Families need time to process, grieve, celebrate, breathe, maintain normal family functions and unfortunately we do need to put it out there, survive. As you meet with staff this fall, I encourage you to look through the proverbial lens of each

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