Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 62(4) Fall 2017

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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3 VIDBE - Q Volume 62 Issue 4 Message from the Guest Editor Mackenzie Savaiano, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Practice University of Nebraska - Lincoln msavaiano2@unl.edu I would like to introduce the Winter 2017 issue of the Visual Impairments and Deafblind Education Quarterly journal by applauding our editor, Dr. Kathleen Farrand, for her organization and dedication to this publication. This issue focuses on access to the general education literacy curriculum – something that has often been a challenge for itinerant teachers of students with visual impairments. Students with VI are included in general education more and more, with the number tripling in the last ten years, and it is necessary for them to have appropriate access to the class reading and writing curriculum at the same time as their peers. Collaboration between the general education teacher and the TVI is implied, but it isn't always as consistent or as collab orative as we would like. This issue shares two articles about adaptations to the general literacy curriculum. First, a look at the McGraw Hill Wonders curriculum, which is widely used in Nebraska. Second, a case study of working with a child with CVI in a summer tutoring center. This issue also includes an overview of the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind and Visually Impaired (NCECBVI) and the services they provide to students, parents, professionals, and the state. I hope you enjoy this issue, and I am looking forward to the CEC Convention coming up in Tampa this February. I hope to see many of you there!

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