SOESD / Special Education / Vision Impaired / Staff and Services
Staff and Services
The Program for the Visually Impaired provides free, itinerant, special education services for all identified students, birth through age 21, who are blind, deaf-blind or have low vision and live in these Southern Oregon counties: Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Lake and Klamath. The program provides:
- Assessment of needs.
- Ongoing inservice and consultation for classroom and support staff.
- Compensatory skills development (e.g. braille, orientation and mobility and assistive technology).
- Equipment and materials (curriculum materials, educational aids, CCTV’s and large print materials.
- Individualized instruction.
- Home instruction and parent training.
- Transition activities.
- Social and recreational activities to further communication and enhance social skills.
There are four full-time and three part-time teachers of the visually impaired. Three of these teachers are certified to teach orientation and mobility.
The program for the visually impaired also employs five braillist/compensatory skills assistants, four of whom are certified by the National Library of Congress. This assures that students receive national certification quality Braille materials. Braillists are based in three production centers. Each production center is fully computerized with braille translation software, scanners, braille embossers, and printers.
In addition to braille and large print production, braillists support teachers of the visually impaired by assisting in the instruction and practice of compensatory skills with students. The program has three offices/production centers located in Phoenix/Talent, Grants Pass, and Klamath Falls. Supervision is provided by a program coordinator who is trained in the fields of vision impairment and orientation and mobility. The following are services that are offered to students who qualify for services:
- Visual Efficiency
- Orientation and Mobility
- Daily Living Skills
- Sensory-Motor Skills
- Use of Adaptive Aids
- Knowledge of Eye Condition
- Concept Development
- Career Education
- Vision Stimulation
- Compensatory academic skills