Students with visual impairments including those with additional disabilities and/or deafblindness require specialized instruction to access both academic and functional curriculums. A student with visual impairments cannot learn as most students learn which is through repeated visual observation and experiences. This incidental learning is not available to the student with visual impairments and they require direct experience and instruction across all curricular and extracurricular skill areas.
The Northshore Education Consortium has certified teachers of students with visual impairments and orientation and mobility specialists to provide these services both onsite within the Kevin O’Grady School and offsite through community based services.
We provide the following services:
Direct Services: We provide developmental and educational services to address the unique learning needs of students who are visually impaired.
Consultation: We provide consultation to educators, therapists, families and administrators to support agencies, schools and families in service provision to students.
Training & Professional Development: We provide workshops, seminars and inservice trainings to address the developmental and educational needs of children of all ages.
Evaluations and Assessments for Students: We provide evaluations for students to inform the student’s team and family, as to the most appropriate ways to access all areas of learning
Assessment areas include:
- Functional Vision
- Learning Media
- Orientation and Mobility
- Adaptive Technology
- Social Skills
- Independent Living Skills
- Compensatory Skills
- Recreation and Leisure Skills
- Career Education
- Self Determination
Evaluations for Other Programs
Using tools such as Quality Programs for Students with Visual Impairments and the American Foundation for the Blind Program Quality Indicators program evaluations are available to review individual and/or district services for students with visual impairments including students with additional disabilities and/or deafblindness.