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Visual Impairment: Statewide Activities / Education Careers
Regional Low Vision Evaluation Clinics
Five regional clinics are sponsored, through IDEA funds, in the western, southern, metro, and northern areas of the state. These clinics are available to Colorado public school students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) who qualify under the eligibility category of “visual impairment, including blindness.”
Paperwork for the LVE Clinic includes:
- LVEC Welcome Letter
- Purchase Policy for Low Vision Devices
To help students and their parents prepare for a Colorado Low Vision Clinic, the CSDB Outreach Program has created a video entitled An Introduction to a Colorado Low Vision Evaluation Clinic.
Keeping in Touch (KIT) Newsletter
**Please email Roberta Curtis if an alternate version of this document is needed.
Professional Learning (Blindness/Visual Impairment)
2023 Colorado Department of Education State Conference on Blindness/Visual Impairment
Dates: September 27 - 28, 2023 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days)
Join us for the CDE annual BVI State Conference. Robbin Clark will provide two days of training on the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) for Students with Blindness/Visual Impairment.
The goal of the Expanded Core Curriculum is to produce interdependent individuals who are self-reliant and prepared for post-school life. The ECC begins early and should be evident across all grade levels. Students must have deep and meaningful connections to the world around them as well as real essential core skills of 1st-century learning such as critical thinking. The training will highlight how to upgrade specially designed instruction to an authentic approach that supports applying and transferring skills. The training will include strategies for learners with additional disabilities, including deaf-blindness.
Robbin Clark currently serves as the Assistant Director/Principal at the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind over the Expanded Core Curriculum and the Bridges Programs. She is the camp director for Camp Abilities Utah, a one-week developmental sports camp for children with visual impairments. Prior to her current work, she worked for seven years as the vision rehabilitation therapist in the Children’s Services division at BESB in Connecticut. Personally, Robbin has been active in the vision impairment community since her youth: living and working with her mother who has total vision loss provided the foundation for her life’s passion. Her credentials include a vision rehabilitation therapist graduate degree from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, and a graduate endorsement in curriculum & instruction from Walden University. She is currently pursuing a master’s endorsement in instructional coaching at the University of Kentucky.
Center for Assistive Technology (CATT)
Date: September 26, 2023, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Join us for a night of assistive technology brought to us by CATT. CATT is the Center for Assistive Technology Training and is a collaborative effort between the Foundation for Blind Children (FBC), the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB).
The CATT team will provide an overview demonstration of many AT tools. Connect with us to address the unique needs of each student with low vision or blindness in our state. Together, we can make a meaningful impact through targeted training and empowerment.
Registration is open until September 12, 2023.
** Priority will be given to Colorado School-based TVIs. This training is not open to out-of-state registrants.
Education Careers Working with Students
- Paraeducator of Students with Visual Impairments (PDF)
- CDE-Certified Braillist (PDF)
- Nationally Certified Braillist (PDF)
Braille Textbook Transcriber
Licensed and Endorsed Special Education Specialist: Visually Impaired/Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI)
Licensed and Endorsed School Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS)
Licensure information in Colorado
- For information about the endorsement requirements for the Special Education Specialist: Visually Impaired Ages Birth-21 (9.02), go to the Endorsement Requirements page
- For information about the endorsement requirements for the School Orientation and Mobility Specialist Ages 0-21 (11.03), go to the Endorsement Requirements page
- University of Northern Colorado Teacher Training Program in Orientation and Mobility
- UNC Masters Program: Special Education - Visual Impairment
For more information on state-wide activities, Education Careers or Professional Development for Visual Impairment including Blindness, please contact:
Tanni Anthony, Blindness/Visual Impairment Specialist
Email Tanni Anthony
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