A Bill of Rights for All Children with Visual Impairment and their Families

The leaders of COSB and the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) have teamed up to develop a clear, concise ‘Bill of Rights’ as a resource to inform parents, professionals and legislators on the basic educational rights of all children who are blind or visually impaired. The authors hope that this resource will be widely distributed and endorsed (formally or informally) by interested individuals and organizations. It is not fully inclusive of all rights; it is a starting point for teams when planning individualized programs for children with visual impairments. Read the Bill of Rights here.

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Parents play a critical role in ECC education.

Your home is a rich environment for learning! Parents and guardians are a valuable resource and partner in Expanded Core skills development. It is important that we support parents and guardians in providing Expanded Core opportunities. You can support your child by creating daily experiences such as regular chores for them.

The purpose of the ECC PTA is to provide information to support understanding of the Expanded Core Curriculum for students with visual impairments for parents & providers who are not vision education professionals.

ECC PTA

Parents of children of all abilities are welcomed to our ECC PTA! The ECC PTA's focus is to support parent/guardians with all things Expanded Core. Each meeting we have different guest speakers. Many topics are suggestions of parents for parents.

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Get started with the ECC in your home. Here's how:

  • Meet with your TSVI and learn what skills they are addressing and how you can support them at home.

  • Use the Take 5 for Independent Living Skills worksheet

  • Ask for "ECC homework" from your TSVI

  • Plan regular chores for your child. 20 minutes minimum of ECC per day.

  • Select a skill you can do together in the community. Have an ECC date night!

  • Include the whole family on ECC fun. There are several things that everyone can do.

Parent mobility resources

Orientation and mobility cover many areas such as body concepts, spatial concepts, decision making skills in addition to mobility travel. Orientation is about knowing where you are. Mobility helps you to travel safely. Check out a few resources for how you can help your child develop orientation and mobility skills: