Regional services for the visually impaired are designed to enhance children’s educational success by providing information, materials, instruction and support to school staff.
Areas of assessment include functional vision, developmental skills, orientation and mobility, and learning media.
Specialists assist school staff and families in IFSP/IEP development and implementation, inclusion strategies, and transition planning. Recommendations for appropriate equipment, including low vision aids and technology may also be provided. Specialists also provide inservice training regarding vision impairment.
Children eligible for services may receive direct instruction in the following areas:
- Concept development
- Skills needed to adapt for vision loss
- Low vision aids and/or assistive devices
- Orientation and mobility
Adaptive or Specialized Materials
Resources available for loan include large print, audio or Braille materials.
The Oregon Administrative Rules (OARS) describe the guidelines to determine eligibility for these services.