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 Julia Hedrick, TSVI, COMS jdhedrick@comcast.net Recently when discussing the areas of the expanded core curriculum (ECC) with two of my students, one high school student made the comment that some skills fit under more than one category. As an orientation & mobility (O&M) instructor, I have the privilege of teaching an ECC area on every lesson. In addition, opportunities to cover multiple areas of the ECC are abundant. I primarily work with middle and high school students and spend a lot of my day on lessons in the community. I incorporate many ECC skills into my lesson plans and many incidental ECC experiences occur during our lessons. In planning bus lessons, I incorporate assistive technology to use either a computer or a cell phone with GPS to plan the route using the transit setting. Once on the bus, I teach students how to use the GPS to track their location so they know when they are approaching their bus stop. Once a student exits the bus, he or she may also need to change the GPS from transit to walking directions to complete the route to their destination. Orientation and Mobility and the Rest of the Expanded Core Curriculum

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