Information for Parents: Short-Term Programs
The education of visually impaired students often requires parents and families to find a balance between competing, important needs. There are only so many hours in the day and days in a year in which to teach all that a visually impaired student needs to learn. This reality forces parents to make difficult choices. For example, instruction in a VI specific area like Braille necessarily takes time away from other areas, like core content or elective classes. Both the VI specific and general education areas are important.
In an effort to help parents strike a balance between competing needs, NMSBVI has developed a short term program for students with visual impairments. This program augments other service delivery options offered by NMSBVI, notably extended placement at NMSBVI and itinerant based Outreach support. The rationale for the additional program was the recognition of a gap in the service delivery model; itinerant support wasn’t sufficient to meet some needs and extended placement was more than what was needed.
The short term program is a series of 1 to 2 week stays at the NMSBVI campus in Alamogordo. During the stay the students will work on VI specific skills that the district TVI/O&Ms and parents recognize as critical to success within the district classrooms and in life generally. The intensive 1 to 2 week programs focus on skills that can be tough to teach in the itinerant based model commonly used in New Mexico schools. The goal is to instill VI specific skills requested by the parent and district TVI/O&M quickly so as to minimize disruption in the student’s life both in and out of the classroom.
The VI specific skills
taught as part of the short term program are located in that portion of
the website. Currently, they include:
There is also a handy
link for requesting a VI specific skill that isn’t currently offered.
Consultation with the
district TVI/O&M will help determine if this program is appropriate for
your student. On that note, there are a few things to consider outside
of the academic realm:
information please contact:
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Last Updated: 2/17/2011