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 Eileen M. Bischof, Ph.D., TVI, COMS Florida State University bischof@fsu.edu In our professional roles, how do we prepare pre-service and newly certified teachers to demonstrate the skills they will need to positively affect the trajectory of their future students' lives? Both personnel preparation program faculty and practicing professionals must ask themselves this guiding question if we are to collectively prepare the next generation of teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) and orientation and mobility (O&M) specialists. Collectively, TVIs and O&M specialists recognize the importance of maximizing students' access and increasing their meaningful interactions with others and the world around them. As a result, educators and professionals in the field adopted the expanded core curriculum (ECC), providing a framework within which to teach the skills and strategies learners with visual impairments can use to reach their full potential and levels of independence. Comprising nine primary domains, ECC skills in the areas of compensatory access, sensory efficiency, Preparing the Next Generation of Expanded Core Curriculum Teachers

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