Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 65.4 Fall 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 4 Sue Glaser Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision, Tampa, FL Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired sglaser@fimcvi.org Despite the daily and often hourly reminders to socially distance during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, in many ways, students have had opportunities to become socially closer. Maintaining a physical distance from one another is crucial, but with all the options to communicate with friends, family, and peers through the use of technology, socializing can feel closer than ever. Focusing on being physically instead of socially distant can also assuage feelings of isolation and being cut off from society. Working directly with students, families, and teachers at the Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision (LBLV) in Tampa during virtual and remote instruction has proven it is possible to maintain an adequate physical distance while still maintaining close contact. The following social and career skills lessons, strategies, and ideas created and implemented by teachers from LBLV kept dozens of middle and high school students with visual impairments from two districts of over 3000 square miles, engaged, interactive, and socially close during virtual instruction for our Year-Round and Summer Teaching Social and Career Skills from a Distance to Students with Visual Impairments

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