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 86 Strategies A Google Form survey was disseminated to TVIs across the country to complete regarding their experiences with service determination, strategies they have used in determining services, and information about tools they have used for determining services. After the responses from the Google Form survey were reviewed, the authors decided to take the responses and reflect on their experiences in service determination and find a way to guide TVIs to appropriately determine service time for their students. Not only is it imperative to understand how to determine service time, but through the responses from the Google Form survey it is clear that many TVIs are often questioned by parents and/or other team members about their service time proposal. The following recommendations were made on how to handle a meeting/situation when a parent or team member questions your service time: • Listen to the concerns of schools teams/families - As educators, we value all parts of a student's team. While we may feel that our recommendations are what is best, it is important to also be an active listener and make others feel heard. • Reiterate your role - While in an IEP/IFSP/504 team meeting, it is important that school teams and families are aware of the role you play in their child's education.

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