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 40 established the NYC Cortical Visual Impairment Cohort (hereafter referred to as the Cohort). EVS is the largest educational department serving children with visual impairments in the United States, employing over 90 vision service providers (TVIs) and serving approximately 900 students. With numbers continually increasing, an estimated 15-20% of EVS students are diagnosed with CVI. NYDBC is a federally funded Technical Assistance & Dissemination grant program (USDOE, Office of Special Education Programs) providing support services to educational teams and families of children and youth with combined vision and hearing loss, across New York State. Based on an identified need to increase peer-based training on practices relevant to students with CVI, specific goals emerged for the Cohort. These goals included increased identification and referral of students who have CVI (including those with combined vision and hearing loss) and increased skills in conducting appropriate assessments and designing educational interventions for students with CVI. The Cohort was established as a deliberate community of practice in order to address these goals. Communities of practice are defined by Wegner, McDermott, and Synder (2002) as, "...groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis" (p. 4). The Cohort consists primarily of itinerant educational vision service providers selected based on their capacity to

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