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One of the requirements of a teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI) working in an itinerant service delivery model is to recommend the type and amount of TVI service for each student. This decision is often made in a variety of ways, but this recommendation is critical in ensuring student success. There are two types of service provided to students with visual impairments:

  • Direct instruction from the TVI, and
  • Support for others on the educational team, including other special education and general education teachers, paraeducators, family members, related service providers, other school personnel, and community partners (Pogrund, Darst, & Munro, 2015).

Evaluation, instruction, and collaboration in the ECC are the primary roles for TVIs. Therefore, the VISSIT was developed around the nine areas of the ECC. Evaluation for students with visual impairments includes all relevant evaluations in the nine areas of the ECC and current versions of the student's functional vision evaluation and learning media assessment (Pogrund, Darst, & Munro, 2015). 

Based on evaluation results, a TVI will use the VISSIT to determine the recommended amount and frequency of TVI services. 

VISSIT

VISSIT - How to webinar

Original webcast date: 10/09/2014
Description: This webinar is a brief overview and demonstration of the Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas (VISSIT). The VISSIT is designed to guide teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) in determining the type and amount of itinerant TVI services to recommend for students on their caseloads. Dr. Rona Pogrund, Texas Tech University describes the design and testing of the VISSIT. Chrissy Cowan, Statewide Mentor Coordinator for TSBVI Outreach shows where to find the VISSIT online and additional resources; and Cyral Miller, TSBVI Outreach Director demonstrates how to complete the document, using data from a real-world student scenario.

VISSIT - How to webinar
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