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Vision Services For Children

“VABVI has been a life-changing, saving grace for our family. I was completely lost when I found out that my son was blind, but VABVI made it extremely easy to adjust. As a single mom it would not be possible for me to do all of this without the help from VABVI. They have become a part of our family. Thank you VABVI!” --Tara

Vermont AOE Eligibility for Services Memo

Children’s Services Referral Printable Form

Booklet on Educating Students with Visual Impairments in Vermont 

About Our Children’s Services Teachers and Staff

The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) is a private organization employing Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) throughout the state of Vermont.  We provide direct services, consultation services, assessments, and  hands-on training for children (ages 0– 22), teaching them skills that are unique to children with visual impairments, as defined in the Expanded Core Curriculum below:

  • compensatory or functional academic skills, such as braille instruction
  • orientation and mobility
  • social interaction skills
  • independent living skills
  • recreation and leisure skills
  • career education
  • use of assistive technology
  • sensory efficiency skills
  • self-determination

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 are licensed by the Vermont Agency on Education and our Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) are certified through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).  The COMS 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.

Braille Worksheet

Braille Alphabet Key

VABVI Supports the Cogswell Macy Act



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