Programs and Services for Children
The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) is the only private organization in the state that employs Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS). We provide hands-on training and support for children with visual impairments and the support, tools and materials necessary for Vermont’s children who are blind or visually impaired to succeed. Our TVIs and COMS work with children from birth through high school graduation teaching them skills that are unique to children with visual impairments, as defined in the Expanded Core Curriculum below. We help families and schools learn about resources, teaching techniques and adaptive technology that can ensure the successful development of children in the home, school and community.
Our Teachers of the Visually Impaired graduated from colleges training specifically in the area of visual impairments and are licensed by the Vermont Agency on Education. They provide direct or consultation services depending on each situation regardless of the setting. They conduct many assessments such as Functional Vision or Learning Media Assessments. They assist the families and schools in the development of activities and materials specific to the visual impairment. They also evaluate the need for low vision equipment or assistive technology and any other area related to the Expanded Core Curriculum.
Our Orientation and Mobility Specialists graduated from colleges training specifically in the area of visual impairments and are certified through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP). They provide direct or consultation O&M services depending on each situation regardless of the setting. Their primary goal is to help the child move independently and safely in the home, neighborhood, school and all other environments in society. Orientation is knowing where you are and how to get from point A to point B. Mobility is the means of getting from point A to point B.
- 5 Leading Causes of Visual Impairments in the USA
- Expanded Core Curriculum
- How to make a Referral
- Intensive Residential Life Experiences (IRLE)
- LEAP (Learn, Earn and Prosper, an annual summer work program for in-state and out-of-state youths ages 16-24)
- Helping Adolescents Prepare for Independence (HAPI)
- American Printing House for the Blind
- Role of the Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI)
- Role of Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS)
- Transition for Teens
- Division for the Blind & Visually Impaired (DBVI) www.dbvi.vermont.gov
- Educating Students with Visual Impairments in Vermont 2016