Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 67.1 Winter 2022

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 67 Issue 1 Committee (PSPC), had also updated and revised the Initial Practice-Based Preparation Standards for Special Educators. All CEC specialty sets are considered extensions of the global special educator or paraeducator competencies (CEC, 2020). In other words, it is assumed that a TSVI not only has the knowledge and skills for the specialty area in visual impairment but also all the initial special educator competencies. Our Division was fortunate that within this process, our DB competency revisions were undertaken with the most recently approved global standards. Our DB concept paper, which serves as a rationale and plan of action, was submitted to CEC and DVIDB received approval to begin the revalidation process on November 26th, 2019. A copy of the concept paper (Bruce et al., 2020) was published in the Visual Impairment and Deafblind Education Quarterly, Winter, 2020. Strand Leaders and External Reviewers To give each of the 7 Standards for the TDB and Intervener sets attention for review and literature alignment, DVIDB invited 14 representatives from the DB community to lead small groups of collaborators, including university faculty, teachers, interveners and family members of deafblind individuals, in considering what competencies should be included. DVIDB also invited external reviewers, including the two original authors of the competency sets, Linda Alsop and Alana Zambone, to review what was eventually produced by the teams and what was

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