Division on Visual Impairments


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 similar birthrates over a three-year period, the Illinois Early Intervention system could anticipate 1,410 children in need of services from a professional trained in visual impairments. Yet, in recent years, the Illinois Early Intervention system has had less than 25 Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and 4 Orientation and Mobility Specialists (O&M) credentialed to provide part C services. Infants and toddlers learn differently than older children. In fact, recommended practices in early childhood (2014) call for service provision in natural settings, through parent-child relationships, and with parent-identified outcomes. This approach is fundamentally different than school-based services that are driven by educational need and adverse educational effects. As a result, professionals working with infants and toddlers must be trained to engage in practices that meet the needs of the child and family. In a white paper regarding family-centered practices, Hatton et al. (2003) outline the importance of the application of early childhood 36

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