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 Allison Conway, M.Ed., TSVI, COMS Tennessee School for the Blind Outreach allison.conway@tsbtigers.org As teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs), we talk to students and families using the word "independence." Years ago, I asked a middle school student who was totally blind to define what she thought independence meant. It was quite revealing. She saw herself going to college (a realistic goal) and having a job and family, but with someone always around to help her with materials, making her food, cleaning her home, and helping her travel. We had a lot of work ahead of us. I am happy to report she has been successful in college and become independent in other areas of her life. We begin working with families and students early toward that end goal of having a student be as independent as they can be when they are older, whether that is independent in the community, in a work-shelter and group home environment, or helping a caregiver with a task. When we are working with families and their children age birth to five, we are encouraging parents to teach Transitioning Expanded Core Curriculum from the School to the Home

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