Division on Visual Impairments

DVI Quarterly Volume 59(4)

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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Importance of Ongoing Learning Media Assessment Nicole Johnson, Ed.D. Assistant Professor, Kutztown University njohnson@kutztown.edu Over the past years, emphasis has been placed on practices to develop literacy skills in all children. United States Department of Education (2002) considers literacy to be the academic cornerstone of education. Early literacy instruction begins during preschool years and provides children with developmentally appropriate settings, materials, experiences, and social support that encourages early forms of reading and writing that flourishes into conventional literacy (NAEYC, 2003). The first significant step in encouraging the development and attainment of literacy is the assessment of learning media (Koenig & Holbrook, 2005). It is imperative that the learning media assessment (LMA) take place at an early age to ensure children with visual impairments are given the correct tools to facilitate learning beginning in the early years LMA is the process of systematically selecting learning and literacy media for students with visual impairments (Koenig & Holbrook, 2005). The main purpose of a LMA is to evaluate a student's preferred use of sensory 27

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