VI Resources For Parents and Families


What is Visual Impairment (VI)?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) officially defines the category as “an impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child’s educational performance. The term includes both partial sight and blindness.”

Role of the Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Role of the Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Tools for reading                                    


Tools for learning about braille/literacy


Expanded Core

“In addition to all the core curricular areas included in the general educational curriculum, students with a visual impairment need to be assessed and receive instruction in very specific skills that have been demonstrated to be potential problem areas for persons with a visual disability.”
– Wisconsin National Agenda


The Nine Specific Skill Areas listed below comprise the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC):
  1. Assistive Technology
  2. Career & Vocational Education/Transition
  3. Compensatory Skills
  4. Independent Living Skills & Personal Management
  5. Orientation and Mobility Skills
  6. Recreation and Leisure Skills
  7. Self Determination
  8. Social Skills
  9. Sensory Efficiency Skills

Unique opportunities/events