Educational Services

for the

Visually Impaired

Student playing snare drum in band activity
Two students involved in recreational rock climbing activity with peers
Two teenage sisters preparing for cross country running event
Student using adapted rail for bowling
Cheerleader performing at football game
Student approaching lane with bowling ball
Student adjusting wheel carriage for robotic device at maker space event
Student assembling robotic device at maker space event

Educational Services for the Visually Impaired collaborates with school districts, parents, and communities to provide support that empowers them to remove educational and environmental barriers and to create solutions that foster independence for all students with visual impairments in inclusive and least restrictive environments.

ESVI services may be accessed by obtaining a current eye medical report on the student and completing a CIRCUIT referral.  If the student meets eligibility criteria these services may be provided:

  • Consultation by trained professionals who are dual certified as Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TSVI) as well as Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS)

  • Functional Vision Assessments, Learning Media Assessments (FVA/LMA), Orientation and Mobility Evaluations and Functional Access Technology Evaluations

  • Facilitation in the development of building-level student centered support teams and implementation plans

  • Recommendations to enhance opportunities for learning within inclusive or least restrictive environments through collaboration on technology access needs, universal design solutions, available resources, and the strategies needed to ensure student access to the curriculum

  • Demo, loan, and provide instruction and consultation in the use of access technology, educational materials and equipment

  • Recommendations for braille, large print, and/or digital materials

  • Provide high leverage assessment, consultation and direct instruction in Orientation and Mobility in the schools and local communities to ensure student access to educational opportunities that lead to successful transitions to post-secondary education and/or employment

  • Statewide and regional training and professional development

Being unable to observe others reduces awareness of recreation and leisure options. Instruction in recreation and leisure skills will ensure that students with visual impairments will have opportunities to explore, experience, and choose physical and leisure-time activities, both organized and individual, that they enjoy. These skills are part of the expanded core curriculum.

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