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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35 VIDBE-Q Volume 63 Issue 3 Karen E. Koehler Assistant Professor Shawnee State University kkoehler@shawnee.edu Douglas Sturgeon Associate Professor University of Rio Grande The TVI Consortium was borne out of research demonstrating a lack of services and a shortage of qualified, licensed professionals to educate students with visual impairments in Ohio. This professional educator shortage was especially prevalent in rural areas of the state, where resources and access to qualified personnel posed particular challenges for school districts who serve students with low incidence sensory disabilities. Through the collaborative efforts of the Ohio Deans Compact, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Higher Education, and a variety of educational agencies, state and national experts and other key resource personnel, Ohio embarked on a new model for addressing critical personnel shortages. The TVI Consortium model is a multi-institution, collaborative, state-wide licensure program seeking to credential teachers in the area of Intervention Specialist-Visual Impairments. The consortium model allows for multiple points of access to the program for students, the distribution of resources across the state to address severe shortages in unserved/underserved regions and a collaborative model that involves Institutions of Higher Education working together to develop and offer a common shared curriculum. Ohio's New TVI Consortium: A Partnership Model

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