Visual Impairments/Orientation and Mobility
When a student is described as having a visual impairment, it means that, even with correction, the vision has an adverse affect on his/her educational performance. Students with visual impairments have unique educational needs. In order to meet those needs, students must have specialized services, books and materials in appropriate media (including braille), as well as specialized equipment and technology to assure access to the core and specialized curriculum. Certified Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) provide a wide range of services to students and school districts in compliance with local, state, and federal legislation. They participate with districts evaluation teams in qualifying students, assist in developing individual education programs, and provide direct and consultative services to ensure success in the classroom as well as the community. VI teachers and O&M specialists belong to two different professions with two different sets of professional standards and practices. Let's take a closer look at the responsibilities of each role.
What is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI)?
What is an Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialist?