Division on Visual Impairments


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Early Intervention and Visual Impairments: A Prepared Workforce Mindy Ely, MS Ed., Project Coordinator, EL VISTA Personnel Development Grant, msely@ilstuu.edu, and Maribeth Lartz, Ph.D., Professor, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher Preparation Program, Illinois State University, mnlartz@ilstu.edu Children with visual impairments or deafblindness can experience delays in a variety of developmental areas (Chen, 2014; Ferrell, 2011). Early intervention services provided through Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are available to infants and toddlers and their families as a means to mediate the risk of developmental delays when a visual impairment is present. Erickson, Lee, & von Schrader (2011) estimate the prevalence of visual impairments to be approximately 0.3% in young children. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported a 2013 birth rate of 156,918 (Illinois Department of Public Health, 2016). Assuming 35

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