Blind and Vision Impaired
Visually impaired means a medically verified visual impairment accompanied by limitations in sight that interfere with acquiring information or interaction with the environment to the extent that special education instruction and related services may be needed.
The team shall determine that a pupil is eligible as having a visual disability and in need of special education if the pupil has medical documentation of a diagnosed visual impairment by a licensed eye specialist and an educational need is determined through functional assessment of visual abilities conducted by a licensed teacher of visually impaired students.
Teacher / Consultant of Visually Impaired
Orientation & Mobility for Visually Challenged Students
The services of Orientation & Mobility are provided upon referral, assessment, and planning in the I.E.P. process. Referrals should be made through the Teacher/Consultant for the Visually Impaired to the Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist.
O & M services are designed for students who may compensate for their visual challenges by: either walking with others and / or needing more verbal information to move to or through a route traveled. These behaviors will affect the student in that too much dependence may not permit the student to learn about their environment (orientation) and to move through it safely and independently (mobility). Lessened experiences in the area of travel may cause others to make false assumptions about the student and to either over help or to avoid helping due to misunderstanding about the student's needs. The lack of these travel skills might prevent a student from growing into a safe and independent traveler as an adult.
Diane J. Grundyson
Orientation & Mobility Specialist for Visually Challenged Students