COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 64
April 11, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Selection of Literacy Media for Students with Visual Impairments

 
  We are pleased to send you a copy of the publication
  Selection of Literacy Media for Students with Visual
  Impairments published under the leadership of the Virginia
  Department of Education in collaboration with the Virginia
  Department for the Visually Handicapped. This document was
  developed as a result of changes in the Code of Virginia
  (section 22.1-217) which specifies that when developing the
  Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students with
  visual impairments, proficiency in literacy is essential for
  such students to achieve satisfactory educational progress.
  A document of this nature has been requested by
  administrators, teachers, and parents in order to assist IEP
  committees in making informed decisions about appropriate
  literacy media for students with visual impairments.

  This document is available in adapted formats (i.e.:
  braille, large print, electronic). Questions about this
  document, or requests for adapted formats, may be referred
  to Dr. Patricia Abrams, Associate Director, Office of
  Special Education and Student Services, at 804-225-2707. 
  For technical assistance in selecting appropriate literacy
  media for students, contact the Virginia Department for the
  Visually Handicapped regional education coordinator or Mr.
  Glen Slonneger at the state office 804-371-3113 (see
  attached list). 

  RTL:oml

  Enclosures:  A hard copy of this memo and its enclosures
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.

  cc:     Special Education Directors