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Out of Sight Teaching LLC

Out of Sight Teaching LLC

Services

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Teacher of the Visually Impaired Services/ Consultations

A certified teacher of the visually impaired assesses a student with visual impairment and helps determine which areas of the expanded core curriculum that the student needs instruction in. Through assessment, he or she also helps determine the student’s present levels, needed classroom modifications and provides assistance setting goals and objectives for the student. The TVI can then train the other professionals that work with the student and provide the needed instruction in the expanded core curriculum. (Compensatory skills, independent living skills, assistive technology, recreation & leisure, social interaction, sensory efficiency, career education and self-determination) This includes concepts such as Braille, CCTV, self advocacy and transition instruction.

Orientation & Mobility Instruction/Consultation

An Orientation and Mobility Instructor teaches individuals with visual impairment the skills they need in order to independently attain systematic orientation to and safe movement within their environments at home, school and in the community as mandated by IDEA Section 300.34

IEP Consultations

Assessments

Functional Vision Assessments

A Functional Vision Assessment offers an organized plan for observing how a student uses his or her vision to
perform routine tasks and to what extent his or her visual impairment impacts him or her from accessing the curriculum. This information can then be used to plan intervention strategies, which maximize a student’s potential to use his or hers vision purposefully.

Learning Media Assessments

A Learning Assessment offers an organized plan for observing how a student currently gathers information from various sensory channels, the learning media he or she uses when completing learning tasks and the efficiency of each of these channels/learning medias. This information can then be used to plan intervention strategies and to decide on the most appropriate learning media(s).

Orientation and Mobility Assessments

The goal of an Orientation & Assessment is to determine how a student’s visual impairment impacts his or her ability to independently orient themselves to and navigate their environment at school, home and in the community and to then conclude the most appropriate implications for his or her visual impairment which will train him or her to be an independent traveler as mandated by IDEA Section 300.34

Expanded Core Curriculum Needs Assessment

In addition to the common core curriculum, students with visual impairment also require instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). The ECC areas include (A) needs that result from the visual impairment that enable the student “to be involved in and make progress in the general education curriculum; and (B) other educational needs that result from the child’s disability” as required by IDEA (34 CFR 300.320 (a)(2)(A)(B)). The expanded core curriculum is 9 areas of instruction that focus on the specific needs of an individual with visual impairments. Instruction in these areas teaches students the skills they need to live an independent life. Learning the skills in each of these areas is a process. Instruction starts at a young age and evolves as the student develops. The goal of an Expanded Core Curriculum Needs Assessment is to provide a comprehensive summary of a student’s progress in the areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum and to determine their areas of need. It is an organized way to determine the student’s present levels, needed level of service and to assist in the setting of goals/objectives.
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