Services for Students With Visual Impairments

Last Updated: 2/20/2019 3:30 PM


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The Miami Valley Regional Center provides Vision Services and Orientation & Mobility (O&M) instruction to students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, ages 3 to 21. The Vision Department provides assessment, consultation, and direct services for staff and students in an educational setting.

Services must be requested by the school district in which the student lives by contacting the Regional Center at (937) 236-9965.

Vision Services:

We offer Vision Services provided by a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI). 

Our direct services include, but are not limited to,  Assistive Technology, Instruction of Compensatory Skills, Independent Living, Learning Media Assessment (LMA), Transition Skills, and sensory integration.

  • Assistive technology- Students with visual impairments may need low and or high tech equipment to help them access the curriculum. A Teacher of the Visually Impaired can assist with these decisions and provide instruction.
  • Compensatory- Compensatory skills are strategies, techniques and adapted materials needed by blind and visually impaired students in order to access all areas of curriculum. Examples are braille, keyboarding, concept development, study and organization skills and more.
  • Independent living- Includes techniques specialized for students who are visually impaired in the preparation of food, hygiene, clothing care, money management among others. 
  • Learning Media Assessment (LMA) - The LMA is an assessment for determining the appropriate learning and literacy media for a student with a visual impairment. The LMA determines the students’ learning style and media such as braille, large print, digital text, and or auditory by the student’s efficiency in using their vision, touch, and hearing to accomplish learning. 
  • Transition skills- Instruction and resources related to the special needs of students with visual impairment for transition to adult services.  

Consultation services include, but are not limited to, assistance for students, families and staff with resources, teaching strategies, and equipment needs.

Orientation and Mobility Services:

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) instruction teaches skills needed for independent travel by individuals who have visual impairment. This includes such areas as: development of spatial concepts and body image, use of residual (remaining) vision, use of other senses, awareness of and understanding the environment (the world around you), use of low vision aids, use of the long cane, planning and following routes, getting around school and the community independently, crossing streets, and making independent purchases in stores.

More Information

The Vision department is coordinated by Christy Donnelly.

Requests for vision assessments should be made to Marlene  McCommons  (937) 236-9965.

Additional Resources

Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials Center (AT&AEM)

Ohio Department of Education | Blind and Visually Impaired

The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness