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Instruction for Students Who are Visually Impaired

First Children School offers specialized services for students who are blind or visually impaired.  We have a full-time Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI), Elizabeth Clark, who has broadened our ability to provide individual and consultative sessions to our students registered with the Commission for the Blind.  In addition to providing support to our teachers and therapeutic  staff regarding the selection, position and illumination of materials, the TVI is able to assist with the design of classroom environments that are conducive for students with cortical and other visual impairments.

An eye gaze system has been introduced by our occupational therapy department in conjunction with our TVI.  Our speech and language pathologists and physical therapists have also been involved with regard respectively to communication and positioning.  The eye gaze system offers training for looking, tracking, and activation, as well as other purposes such as communication.

 

Elizabeth Clark is our  Teacher for the Visually Impaired (TVI) at First Children School.  In this role, she provides direct vision instructions to students, applies consultative measures with teachers for all material visual modifications and environmental adaptations, and adopts visual assessment driven reports during annual IEP meetings.  Elizabeth has been within the Special Education field for ten years.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University.   She earned a Masters in the Arts of Teaching with a concentration and certification in Special Education and Early Childhood Development P-3 and a Master’s in Education with a certification from the College of New Jersey (TCNJ).  Currently, Elizabeth is furthering her education at Seton Hall University’s Executive Cohort program where she will be pursuing her K-12 supervisor certification, principal administrator, and Ed.S/Ph.D.  Her philosophy is to become a voice of advocacy, to educate all students who are blind/visually impaired, and to inform and educate families in order to provide educational support for their children’s future.

 

Specialized Services for Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

  • Direct Educational Services

    Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) Instruction including Braille, assistive technology skills, and independent living skills

    Services delivered by a teacher of the visually impaired  (TVI) in the most appropriate environment including resource room, pull-out, and push-in

     

  • Specialized Classroom Design

    TVI support for our teachers and therapeutic staff regarding the selection, position, and illumination of materials

    Classrooms designed to meet each student’s accessibility and safety needs

     

  • Specialized Therapy

    Occupational therapy

    Use of eye gaze system for training in looking, tracking, and activation

    Speech therapy assisting with communication

    Physical therapy

    Care coordination across our multidisciplinary team

  • Assessment Services

    All assessments conducted by a TVI to determine each student’s visual abilities and needs

    VISSIT: Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas

    Functional Vision Assessments

    Pre Braille Assessments

    Learning Media Assessments

    Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Scale Assessments

  • Consultative Services

    Collaboration between our multidisciplinary team and each student’s child study team to create a comprehensive IEP that includes academic, social and emotional, and functional activity goals

    TVI participation in child study team meetings

    TVI training and consultation for teachers, therapists, teaching assistants on effective strategies for working with students with VI

    Parents/caregiver education and consulting to forge a continuum of care at home and at school

  • Accessible Learning and Assistive Technology

    Implementation of the ECC educational modifications, materials, and techniques to meet each student’s individual needs coordinated by a TVI

    Use of closed caption television (CCTV) for viewing text and images in a larger platform

    Partnership with the Commission for the Blind to provide learning materials