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All of the following goal statements apply to infants, children, and youths who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities:

  1. Students and their families will be referred to an appropriate education program within 30 days of identification of a suspected visual impairment. Appropriate quality services will be provided by teachers of the visually impaired. (Foundation for Blind Children, Phoenix, AZ).
  2. Policies and procedures will be implemented to ensure the right of all parents to full participation and equal partnership in the education process. (National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired).
  3. Universities with a minimum of one full-time faculty member in the area visual impairment, will prepare a sufficient number of teachers and O&M specialists for students with visual impairments to meet personnel needs throughout the country. (Division 17, Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired).
  4. Caseloads will be determined based on the assessed needs of students. (Association of State Education Consultants for the Visually Impaired).
  5. Local education programs will ensure that all students have access to a full array of service delivery options. (Council of Schools for the Blind).
  6. All assessments and evaluations of students will be conducted by and /or in partnership with personnel having expertise in the education of student with visual impairments and their parents. (The Lighthouse, Inc., New York City).
  7. Access to developmental and educational services will include an assurance that instructional materials are available to students in the appropriate media and at the same time as their sighted peers. (Association of Instructional Resource Centers for the Visually Handicapped).
  8. All educational goals and instruction will address the academic and expanded core curricula based on the assessed needs of each student with visual impairments. (Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired).
  9. Transition services will address developmental and educational needs (birth through high school) to assist students and their families, in setting goals and implementing strategies through the life continuum commensurate with the student's aptitudes, interests, and abilities.
  10. To improve student learning, service providers will engage in on-going local, state, and national professional development.