Visual Impairment / Blind
Virtual Assistive Technology Conference webinars will be offered from noon-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. in November, February, April and September. Webinar descriptions and registration information is available on the conference website.
“Visual impairment including blindness” means an impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child’s educational performance. The term includes both partial sight and blindness. (34 CFR §300.8(c) (13)
- Guidelines For Working With Students Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired In Virginia Public Schools
- Training & Technical Assistance Centers (TTAC)
- Guidelines for School Division Policy Regarding Service Dogs in Virginia's Public Schools (PDF)
- Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals – Certification agency for O & M specialists.
- Accessible Instructional Materials Center of Virginia (AIM-VA)
- American Council of the Blind
- American Foundation for the Blind
- American Printing House for the Blind
- Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) – general information about children and youth with disabilities.
- Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) – provides services designed to support equal educational opportunity and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.
- Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia – Early Intervention (Part C, IDEA) services
- Learning Ally
- National Consortium on Deafblindness (formerly DeafBlind Link) – works collaboratively with families, federal, state and local agencies to provide technical assistance, information and personnel training. NCDB brings together the resources of three agencies with long histories of expertise in the field of deaf-blindness.
- National Federation of the Blind
- Part C Screening Tool – video demonstrations of Visual Skills Component from the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
- Teacher Preparation – Information about the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment made up of five universities: George Mason, James Madision, Norfolk State, Old Dominion and Radford. Its primary goal is to to prepare teachers to be highly skilled at working with students with visual impairment and blindness.
- TTAC Online – A community linking people and resources to help children and youth with disabilities.
- Virginia Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (VAAPVI)
- Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VDBVI)
- Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness
- Virginia Rehabilitation Center for Blind and Vision Impaired
- Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
- VI Consortium – Virginia’s preparation program for teachers of visually impaired.