February
20
2017

Itinerant Services to Visually Impaired Students

Collinsville has access to a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) for students with vision issues. Although students need to be eligible for ongoing services, the TVI is always available for questions or concerns.

Eligibility

Any student with a visual acuity of 20/70 or 20/200 in the best eye with best correction is considered legally partially sighted. Any student with a visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the best eye with best correction and/or peripheral field so contracted that the widest diameter of such field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees is considered legally blind. Only if a student is found to be either legally partially sighted/blind, is he/she eligible for ongoing services from the Teacher of the Visually Impaired.

Services

Consultation: The itinerant vision teacher is available for consultations for such vision problems as a loss of vision in one eye, young students with newly corrected vision, and/or vision issues of concern to the student's education or safety.
Functional Vision Evaluation: For students who have been identified with a vision impairment, the vision teacher can administer an evaluation to determine how well the student uses the vision they have. From that information, recommendations about reading medium, seating, mobility, type size, lighting, or other educational concerns.
Material Adaptations: Most classroom books are available in large print or Braille by the State of Illinois through the American Printing House for the Blind. Books and adaptive equipment are available on a lending system at no cost to the district. For materials unavailable from the state, worksheets or workbooks, the vision teacher is available to instruct teachers, or classroom staff in adapting materials for student use. In some cases, the vision teacher can make the adaptations directly.
Direct Instruction: For some students, instruction in Braille, use of adaptive devices and/or development of low vision is necessary as determined in the IEP process. In these instances, the vision teacher will schedule a regular time to instruct the student in his/her own setting.

Contacting the Teacher of the Visually Impaired:

I am in the district 4 days per week, but can be contacted at anytime at 618.741.8926. I also have email at enicholl@kahoks.org.

Links

Information
American Foundation for the Blind
American Printing House for the Blind
Illinois School for the Visually Impairedl

Braille Books
National Braille Press
Seedlings Braille Books

Braille Online Fun
Braille Bug
PBS Kids, You've Got Braille