While there is a shortage of teachers and specialists certified in blindness and visual impairment, this does not relieve school districts of their legal requirement to provide highly qualified teachers who are certified to teach specialized skills, such as braille, mobility, or assistive technology. By law, both the type and amount of services provided to children who are blind or visually impaired must be based on individual needs, not staff availability. Since it is crucial for children who are blind or visually impaired to learn the specialized skills and tools that will enable them to participate fully in school and community life, it is necessary for them to have teachers with expertise in these areas. These children have unique learning needs and must be taught by someone with an understanding of how vision loss affects learning and the strategies necessary to address their needs. Teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) are key to the overall functioning of school programming for students who are blind or visually impaired. Additionally, TVI’s perform assessment and evaluation. Therefore it is important that a TVI be included in the planning and implementation of opthamological reports and discussion of functional vision abilities of students.
*Teacher of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
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