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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24 VIDBE - Q Volume 63 Issue 1 in the elementary school, middle school, high school, or the EXIT program focused on transition activities for students who hav e completed their required academic courses. Additionally, there is a Post - Secondary Program on campus for 18+ students that is operated in conjunction with the neighboring Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center. Comprehensive Programs is designed to enroll stud ents whose current educational needs are exceeding the level of supports available in their local school districts. When a student is referred to TSBVI for possible placement, a team carefully examines the student's IEP and the services being provided. Not all students are accepted if the referral materials indicate that they are already receiving appropriate educational services and appear to be making adequate progress. For those students who are accepted, a transition plan is begun early on to prepare st udents and their school districts for transition back to the local districts as soon as both are sufficiently ready. The average length of enrollment is under three years. Comprehensive Programs serves a broad range of student learning needs from students with multiple disabilities learning in a functional curriculum to students on an academic track in preparation for higher education. The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) focusing on specialized areas of learning specific to students with visual impairments is a major part of each student's program. ECC student learning is highly promoted in the residential program which is supported by four Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TSVI) who work with both students and residential staff. During both day and evening hours, TSBVI students have access to many recreational, athletic, fine arts and performing arts opportunities both on campus and in the community.

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