Division on Visual Impairments


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 66, Issue 2 15 number of students served by vision professionals is, on average, an underreport of 3.6 times the number of students actually receiving the services of a vision professional in each state. She also determined that factors contributing to the accuracy of a state's total population count may include the presence of a TVI preparation program within the state and whether or not certain assessments were required as part of the eligibility process. As another part of her study, Dr. Schles gained insight from administrators, practitioners, and researchers about the barriers and challenges which have prevented the obtainment of this information in the past as well as avenues for better collecting this information in the future. This led Dr. Schles to provide concrete future steps which states can take under advisement in collecting more accurate total population data. Dr. Schles was an extraordinary student. She continues to be an extraordinary professional and person. Dr. Tessa McCarthy writes, "I enjoyed working with Dr. Schles in the capacity of her advisor during her time at the University of Pittsburgh a great deal. I know that Dr. Hatton, for whom this award is named, would find Dr. Schles very deserving of this award."

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