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 During the program's first 30 years, a strong foundation was established through the leadership of Dr. Gideon Jones, a TVI who was recruited in 1963 from a resource room in Miami to prepare new TVIs at the undergraduate level. After only a couple of years, in what was seen as a radical move, Dr. Jones convinced the university to start an undergraduate O&M program and soon Purvis Ponder joined him. Of the two, Dr. Jones was the organization man, the one who handled the paperwork and attended to the details of running a program. He wasn't much of a researcher, and recognizing that weakness in the program, he brought Dr. Pearl Tait on board to strengthen the education students received. The three of these professionals, all very different, contributed to building what has come to be known as a solid personnel preparation program. When Dr. Sandy Lewis replaced Dr. Jones in 1993, she already had established herself as committed to meeting the disability-specific needs of students with visual impairments (now known as the Expanded Core Curriculum; ECC). FSU's curriculum in place at the time, which was identical to the curriculum offered when she attended San Francisco State University in the early 1980s, consisted of the following five courses: Introduction to Visual Impairment, Introduction to O&M, Literary Braille, Anatomy and 71

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