Vision Impairment including Blindness
Visual impairment including blindness means an impairment in vision, that even with correction, adversely affects a student’s educational performance. The term includes both partial sight and blindness.
· Students with visual acuity of 20/70 or less in the better eye with best correction,
· Students have a severely restricted field of vision,
· Students with visual difficulties, not visual perceptual difficulties, for whom significant modifications in their educational program have not been sufficient.
Since students with visual impairments vary in their individual profiles and abilities, Prince William County offers a range of program options to meet the educational needs of each student. The first program option allows students to attend their neighborhood school with services provided through the itinerant program. A teacher for the visually impaired works with students individually or in small groups both in and out of the regular education classroom. In addition, the teacher for the visual impaired works with the classroom teacher to ensure accommodations and modifications for visually related needs are met. Teachers for the visually impaired and teacher assistants are available to the students throughout the day. All program levels utilize assistive technology.
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"From Confusion to Inclusion", a video developed by the PWCS Vsion Department. follows four visually impaired students through their school transition, and how the schools worked successfully to provide a positive school experience for not only the child, but the teachers, support staff, administrators, and peers. The film focuses on the collaborative investment that was made by each, and the powerful result of their efforts from confusion to inclusion. During the discussion that followed the video, it was concluded that instruction for all students improves by utilizing the expertise of individuals in an inclusion setting.
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