Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE Quarterly Volume 60(1)

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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Growing a Virtual Community of Practice to Support Students with Complex Communication Needs Charity Rowland, Ph.D., Professor & Project Director, Oregon Health Sciences University, rowlandc@ohsu.edu Amy T. Parker, Ed.D. & COMS, Associate Fellow, Western Oregon University, parkera@wou.edu Children with severe disabilities often experience complex communication needs, in many cases requiring the use of augmentative or alternative communication (AAC). Practitioners and family members are often challenged in using appropriate assessment and intervention strategies to support children with severe disabilities who use AAC. Schools may not have access to appropriate professional development and coaching to help staff address the challenges that prevent these students from developing the communication skills needed to participate effectively in the curriculum. For teachers of the visually impaired, teachers of the deafblind and interveners, addressing the unique communication needs of students is an essential component of the knowledge and 76

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