Deafblind Program

Services:

  •  Consulting Teacher of students who are visually impaired (TVI) works daily with students and their teams

  •  Consulting Orientation and Mobility Specialist (O&M) works daily with students and their teams

  •  Service Delivery Models include: 1:1 Pull Out Sessions, Push-In sessions and Community Experience Sessions

 

  •  Consultants work with school staff (classroom, special teachers, service providers, supervisors and maintenance) to provide
     accommodations & modifications to the school environment that make the learning environment safer and more accessible

 

  •  Legally Blind students may receive a 1:1 paraprofessional trained in working with Deafblind students

 

  •  Classrooms and Therapy Rooms equipped with adaptive and enabling devices and toys

  • Continued professional development in collaboration with agencies such as the NY Deaf Blind Collaborative, Helen Keller National Center, Visions and NY State Commission for the Blind

Examples of Modifications and Accommodations:

  • Large size paper to accommodate large size font

  • Colored paper to enhance contrast of the print on the background

  • Tactile tiles to use for scheduling and alternative communication

  • Cushions on open door frames, cushions on stair posts

  • Tactile tape on the edge of steps outside and inside the building

  • Magnifying lamps, Low vision monoculars

  • Tactile cues/Symbols

  • Mobility devices (kiddie canes, long canes, etc).

  • Seating accommodations: student with visual impairments sit with their backs to the window so the glare of light coming through the windows as less of an impact on their vision.

  • Hallways with no clutter to ensure safe walking areas

  • Modified activities in the classroom, gym, art, and recommended services

  • Tactile items for lessons to offer the student a full sensory experience when learning new information and reinforcing the retention of previous information.

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