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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Introducing the New Assistive Technology Credential and Project VITALL University Training Program Stacy M. Kelly, Ed.D., TVI, COMS, CATIS Associate Professor, Visual Disabilities Program, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL skelly@niu.edu There is a well-established demand for experts who are highly trained in assistive technology (AT) and working in the field of visual impairments (Edwards & Lewis, 1998; Kapperman, Sticken, & Heinze, 2002; Kelly, 2008, 2009, 2011; Zhou, Parker, Smith, & Griffin-Shirley, 2011b; Zhou, Smith, Parker, & Griffin-Shirley, 2011a; Zhou et al., 2012). There is now an official specialty area in assistive technology for professionals who work with individuals who are blind or visually impaired. On May 1, 2016 the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) launched this new assistive technology credential. The Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist for People with Visual Impairments (CATIS) credential is now available after more than two and half decades of discussions about such an essential certification (ACVREP, 2016). The CATIS certification has created a much needed national standard in the area of assistive technology instruction for people who are visually 25

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