The Vision Department offers two different Special Education Related Services for Blind and Visually Impaired children from 3 to 21 years. They are the Teacher of the Blind and Partially Sighted and the Orientation and Mobility Specialist. These services are provided on an individual, itinerant basis in a wide range of settings.
Teacher of the Blind and Partially Sighted
Teachers of the Blind and Partially Sighted work with all students individually to assess and develop instructional programs based on the child's impairment and needs. Because 80% of learning is based on visual information, the visually impaired child needs to be taught many compensatory skills in order to function and learn in all settings. The parents receive frequent information, support and opportunity to input and allow them full participation in their child's education. Consultative services to classroom teachers and support staff as well as in-services are offered for school staff and students. Also the teacher works closely with the ophthalmologist to annually update the medical status of the child. The Vision Department acts as a liaison to link the families and school to agencies in the community that work with the blind and partially sighted. These may include the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Goodwill Industries, and the
Three to Five Years (Preschool Intervention)
The preschool blind and partially sighted child is in need of specialized intervention skills as preparation for academic learning. These include pre-writing and reading skills, Braille readiness, listening skills, and adaptations of learning materials to enhance visual functioning. The services are delivered in the home, daycare, or preschool setting.
School Age Program (Ages 5 to 21 years)
The school age child who is visually impaired is in need of ongoing assessment and direct instruction or consultation to enable the child to function in the overall activities of the school setting. It is the responsibility of the Vision Department to provide adapted materials that include the transcription of print text into Braille, or Large Print text. Teachers in the Vision Department provide ongoing support to classroom teachers, staff, and family.
School Age Services include the following:
Orientation and Mobility Specialist
The Orientation and Mobility Specialist’s role involves the teaching of specific skills and techniques that will develop the abilities of the visually impaired child to move safely and efficiently in any setting. The purpose of this service is to provide the blind or partially sighted student with increased access to his or her environment. Mobility in the child’s immediate environment (home and school) and in the community is stressed.
The Orientation and Mobility Specialist works with students (ages 3 - 21) to develop travel skills necessary to function at a level of their peers. Instruction is available at the three - five year level (Preschool Intervention) and in the School Age Program (ages 5 - 21 years).
Orientation and Mobility Services include the following:
For more information, please contact:
Special Education Supervisor
160 Wallace Way
Rochester, NY 14624
Ph: (585) 617-2320
Fax: (585) 349-8897