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The VISSIT: Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity of Texas 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 caseload. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) committee will typically rely upon the TVI for this recommendation. This scale supports the TVI in quantifying information for the IEP committee. It is hoped that the VISSIT will provide guidance so that all students with visual impairments get the benefit of an appropriate amount and type of service.


Acknowledgements

Members of the Service Intensity Subcommittee of the Texas Action Committee for the Education of Students with Visual Impairments who developed the VISSIT include:

  • Rona Pogrund, Texas Tech University, Chair
  • Chrissy Cowan, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Outreach
  • Shannon Darst, Texas Tech University
  • Kitra Gray, Region 10 Education Service Center
  • Tracy Hallak, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Cyral Miller, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Outreach
  • Michael Munro, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Cecilia Robinson, Region 4 Education Service Center
  • Mary Ann Siller, Richardson Independent School District
  • Frankie Swift, Stephen F. Austin State University

Former members of the Subcommittee who contributed in the early stages of the development of the scale include: Michelle Chauvin, parent; Jim Durkel, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Outreach; Dixie Mercer, Stephen F. Austin State University; Ann Rash, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Outreach; Suzy Scannell, Region 4 Education Service Center; and Steve Young, Alief Independent School District Administrator

Logo credits:

  • Logo Concept- Timothy Henderson and Francia Cotrone
  • Logo Design- Ben Pogrund

Electronic scale: Stephanie Isbell, Region 11 Education Service Center

Website: Jim Allan & Kate Hurst, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Outreach