Blind Visually Impaired Student Services
- Our services
- Professional Learning
- Blind Visually Impaired Student Funds (BVIS)
The Vision Program at NWRESD serves approximately 180 students birth to age 21 who experience low vision, are Blind or are Deafblind. Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) provide instruction, consultation, evaluation and professional development throughout our four-county region. Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists instruct students in safe, efficient and independent travel. Districts may also contract with NWRESD to provide Braille services.
TVIs and O&M Specialists support student educational access by consulting with school teams around appropriate accommodations and modifications needed for students to access their educational program. O&M Specialists train educators to incorporate strategies that make the educational environment safe and accessible.
TVIs provide instruction in Braille, use of specialized technology, and the Extended Core curriculum (i.e. advocacy, independent living, sensory efficiency, etc.) O&M Specialists teach students to navigate their environment both within the school setting and in the community.
TVIs support evaluation teams by completing a Functional Vision Assessment, a Large Media Assessment, and assessing the environment to determine needed accommodations for accessibility. O&M specialists evaluate the student’s ability to navigate their environment. These assessments are summarized in a report that is provided to eligibility teams.
The NWRESD Vision Team supports professional learning for educators throughout our region and our state by offering conferences on Cortical Vision Impairment, Technology, and Deafblindness. NWRESD also provides Summits in which families and students and can learn about career development from a panel of blind adults. NWRESD partners with the Commission for the Blind to support post-secondary transition.
Blind Visually Impaired Student Fund
The Blind Visually Impaired Student Fund (BVIS) was created by the Oregon Legislature when Oregon’s School for the Blind closed in 2009. The fund provides grants to support on-going educational resources and services to visually impaired students in their home district.
Examples of the activities the BVIS Fund supports include:
- Lions Low Vision Clinics, which provides free low-vision exams and optical devices
- Student Work Experience Program (SWEP) Camp
- Professional Learning for Teachers
- Student Clinics for Expanded Core Curriculum Activities
- Assistive technology devices
Students with deafblindness represent less than one percent of all students across the state and have historically been underserved. NWRESD collaborates with local and state partners to support the unique needs of each student with deafblindness. Because Deafblind students are not able to access information through either vision or hearing, service delivery must focus on input of information through alternative sensory methods and communication strategies.
What We Do...
- Assessment of the unique educational needs of students with visual impairments
- Direct instruction as determined by the IEP team
Meet our team