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 York City to be teachers. In that tradition, the programs for aspiring teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) was founded over 50 years ago and continues to serve a diverse student population. In 1991, professional preparation programs in Vision Rehabilitation Teaching (VRT) and Orientation and Mobility (O&M) were added. Since 2000, the VRT and O&M programs have been able to accept students from across the U.S. by using a hybrid model of online instruction during the regular academic year and in-person summer labs held at the Helen Keller National Center on Long Island, NY. All vision education programs are at the graduate level. There are six different programs under the umbrella of vision education: TVI master's (with/ without prior certification), TVI Advanced Certificate (for those who already have a master's in teaching in another subject area), O&M Advanced Certificate, VRT master's and VRT with O&M certification master's. Our programs on visual impairment are also coordinated in conjunction with our special education program in severe/ multiple disabilities. Additionally, students in upstate NY are able to participate in the TVI Advanced Certificate program entirely remotely, participating in synchronous classes using Zoom and other technology. (This also helped us provide a smooth transition to remote learning for all local students when COVID restrictions began.) As a public university, Hunter College strives to maintain an accessible tuition rate. The New York City Department of Education offers a full scholarship

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