About Our Children’s Services Teachers and Staff
VABVI’s Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) are licensed by the Vermont Agency on Education. They work with children ages 3 through high school graduation (see below for infant services) in many capacities including:
- Providing direct consultation services.
- Conduct assessments in areas related to the Expanded Core Curriculum.
- Develop visual impairment activities and materials for families and schools.
- Evaluate the need for low vision equipment and assistive technology.
Our Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) graduated are certified through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP). Their primary goal is to help the child move independently and safely in the home, neighborhood, school and all other environments in society, while providing direct consultation services.
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 direct and consultation services and hands-on training for children (ages 3 – 22) with visual impairments. We are dedicated to providing 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 age three through high school graduation teaching them skills that are unique to children with visual impairments, as defined in the Expanded Core Curriculum below.
Other Children Services by Program:
- 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)