At present, the Visually Impaired Program provides needed services for blind and low vision individuals who attend school. Placement in the VI Program of LPS requires a current ophthalmologic or optometric report indicating a visual impairment. It also requires a staffing committee evaluation and recommendation. Members of the evaluation team must include a diagnostic teacher of the visually impaired and may include a combination of other specialists and educational staff as well as the child and his/her parent(s). Once a VI disability has been determined, a student must have a learning media assessment completed in conjunction with the functional vision report and maintain a Literacy Modality Plan as part of his/her IEP.
The VI Program serves Pre-K through the Transition level students. Students in the VI program receive services on a direct or on a consultative basis as needed. The VI personnel work cooperatively with each educational setting to develop and implement a student’s IEP. Skills such as Braille, training in low vision devices, daily living skills and access skills are part of the curriculum that a student in the VI program might require.
Orientation & Mobility Services, a specific area of expanded core curriculum, are also provided through the Visually Impaired Program of LPS. This curriculum requires assessment and instruction from an O&M Specialist. In LPS, both teachers of the visually impaired are also certified O&M instructors. The ability to travel safely, independently and efficiently through the environment is a skill vital to everyday living. O&M instruction is available to students on an individual (or small group) basis in specific skills to become safe and independent travelers. Sequential instruction utilizes a variety of indoor and outdoor settings to develop students’ skills and instill confidence needed to travel in familiar and unfamiliar environments. Instruction in the use of a white cane or various low vision aids is provided when appropriate.
|Nancy Cozart||Teacher / O&M Specialist||v-mail 303-734-3090||office 303-347-5167|
|Nancy Knight||Teacher / O&M Specialist||v-mail 303-734-6726||office 303-347-5167|
|Lisa Brocard||Nationally Certified Braille Transcriber||v-mail 303-734-6711||office 303-347-4439|
|Ingrid Mayer||State Certified Braillist||v-mail 303-734-3074||office 303-347-4439