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 Draft Specialty Set Standards for Initial Licensure: DVIDB September 19, 2016 Overarching Definitions and Issues • Ages: Birth to 22 years • Settings: Home, school, community • Visual impairment (VI): Uncorrectable visual impairment that impacts access to information • Individualized characteristics/full range of learners: age; sensory function; diagnoses and prognoses; co-occurring disabilities; ability, including giftedness; grade level; family values and cultural background (diverse background); motivation; acquired or congenital onset; English language learner; communication skills • Roles of TVIs: Eligibility determination; assessment/evaluation/progress monitoring; identifying priorities and goals; strategy selection for optimizing development and learning; identifying/implementing accommodations/modifications, including assistive and information/communication technologies for assessment/evaluation, access to the general curriculum, and the expanded core curriculum; implementing instruction/intervention, including the expanded core curriculum; transition planning; development of individualized education programs/individualized family service plans; liaison for medical issues; collaboration; advocacy • Development and learning include access to learning experiences and opportunities that occur incidentally through vision • Development includes sensory, cognitive, communication, motor, social, and adaptive domains • Assistive technology (AT): As defined by IDEIA (P.L. 108-446), assistive technology is "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities" (1997, Sec. 602, 20 USC 1401, 300.5). • Information and communications technologies (ICT) and educational technologies used in educational settings are the diverse set of technological tools and resources used to communicate and to create, 67

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