Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE Quarterly Volume 59(5)

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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; Lorem Ipsum Dolor Spring 2016 2 meeting the unique challenges made one thing very apparent… to effectively address this need, a collaborative relationship built on trust, shared expertise and resources was necessary. "Exponential gains in organization effectiveness are possible at the intersection of team and spirit." Dr. Barry Heermann, Creator of Team Spirit, a model for building high performing teams, made this statement in his 1997 publication, Building Team Spirit. His insight and model could never be more truly realized than by the teaming experience of the Southeastern Deaf-Blind Projects challenged to meet the unique needs of access for students with deafblindness and their families facing transition. Driven by this need of service, the force in Team Spirit, several states embraced the power of teaming resulting in improved service (Transition Institute) and product (The Transition Toolkit). In 2005, the South Carolina DB Project staff had a desire to connect their young people with others with deafblindness. They were encouraged to contact the Georgia DB Project who were sponsoring an annual weekend for young adults in partnership with the Florida DB project. Together the state projects found that they could introduce young people to a greater number of peers while sharing the responsibility of identifying, training and financing interpreters, Support Service Providers (SSPs) and materials, all crucial components of making the weekends accessible. Teaming in this manner ensures young adults fully participate in the experience. (Team Spirit aspects of Initiating: building trust and belonging) 59

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