Division on Visual Impairments


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; Lorem Ipsum Dolor Spring 2016 2 impaired. To further support this longstanding shortage of expertise in the area of AT for people who are visually impaired and the launch of the CATIS, there is a new university specialization in this area. Northern Illinois University (NIU) is the first university that is offering a course of study toward this new credential as part of Project Visually Impaired and Assistive Technology for ALL (VITALL). NIU's Project VITALL includes programs of study in AT for both existing vision professionals (i.e., "Camp VITALL") and those who are entirely new to the field. Thus, NIU offers a standards-based program of courses in AT for existing vision professionals (i.e., teachers of students with visual impairments [TVIs], Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists [COMS], and/or Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists [CVRTs]) leading toward a Certificate of Graduate Study in assistive technology instruction. "Camp VITALL" is an abbreviated program of courses that presumes and requires extensive knowledge pertaining to instruction of individuals who are visually impaired. The "Camp VITALL" program is comprised of a series of four courses in assistive technology instruction for people with visual impairments and an assistive technology internship that results in eligibility for the CATIS certification exam. 26

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