Special Education Supports & Services
The LISD teachers of students with blindness or visual impairments (VI) serve children aged birth to twenty-one years with visual impairments. Itinerant VI teachers travel to students' assigned school or home (for infants 0-3 years) to provide direct and/or consultative Special Education services relating to vision loss. Teachers provide supplementary services that are disability specific for children who may have only a visual impairment or additional disabilities. VI teachers supplement, reinforce and modify materials when necessary, but their services do not replace classroom teaching. VI teachers work closely with students' teacher(s) to ensure a successful education program.
Orientation & Mobility
Orientation and Mobility is that part of the educational process that prepares students with blindness or visual impairments to travel safely and as independently as possible in their home, school and community environment. Itinerant O&M Specialists travel to students' assigned schools (students under the age of 3 are served at home) to provide direct and/or consultative Special Education services relating to the vision loss. O&M Specialists are prepared to provide services to students ranging in age from infant to age 21, students with low vision, restricted field or totally blind, and students with singular or multiple impairments. O&M Specialists work with students to help them gain a better understanding of body image, spatial relationships, environmental concepts, orientation skills and safe and efficient movement in a variety of environments. Community-based instruction is a critical component of the O&M program.
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