Division on Visual Impairments

DVI Quarterly Volume 59(3)

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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; 1 Lorem Ipsum Dolor Spring 2016 1 Brining Students Together to Change Lives Anna Tellis Kutztown University, Student Tanna449@live.kutztown.edu I am pleased to introduce myself as a co-student ambassador for the Division on Visual Impairments. My name is Anna Tellis and I am a senior at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where I am studying to become a TVI with a dual degree in Elementary Education PreK-4. I have just recently finished my professional semester in both an elementary and visual impairment placement. This fall I will be completing my student teaching and then graduating in December. Being a vision major at KU has brought me so many amazing opportunities and has taught me so much about myself and the teacher I want to be. There are currently about 50-60 KU students ranging from freshman to senior that are apart of the KU vision program, which makes our program one of the largest in the country. Even though the vision program is smaller than most majors at KU, we stand strong in our passion for the field. Our class sizes are small but we each share a unique bond with the classmates we travel with through our vision track at Kutztown. From the long nights of studying for the next anatomy test, to walking around campus pointing out the Braille on all of the signs, we not only share our questions but our passion and dreams as well. Our first two classes of our vision track are Braille and Orientation and Mobility. Every Monday night in our O&M class we would walk around campus under blindfold to learn the basics of orientation and mobility. Being that this wasn't something most of our fellow 23

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