District 47 utilizes an itinerant model for delivery of services intended for students identified with visual impairments and found eligible for special education services. Vision itinerant services will be reflected in the student's IEP developed by the IEP team.
Indirect vision services are services to school teams on behalf of a student. These services may include, but are not limited to:
- Explaining how a student's visual impairment will affect school performance.
- Adapting educational materials.
- Referring a student for other special service consultations.
- Helping to set realistic and appropriate expectations for the student's performance.
- Monitoring the effectiveness of modifications and accommodations carried out by school personnel.
- Supplying educational materials in the appropriate medium, such as Braille, large print or audiotape.
Direct services are provided directly to the student. These services may include, but are not limited to, instruction in the areas of:
- Reading and writing in Braille, including the literary code and Nemeth code (math).
- Utilizing low vision aids such as magnifiers, closed circuit televisions, and telescopes.
- Developing tactile skills for functional and pre-braille instruction.
- Managing daily living skills needed to develop independence.
- Utilizing appropriate assistive technology.