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“What We Call Ourselves”

Hello new teachers,

I’m seeing email signatures that are all over the map in regards to your job title, so I thought I would provide some guidance in this regard. 

  1. If you are an orientation and mobility specialist who has passed the ACVREP exam, your title is Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, or COMS.

  2. If you are teaching students with visual impairments in Texas, the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) has us listed in  Texas Administrative Code, Rule 233.8 as “Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments”, or TVI.  Please note the person-first language (“Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments”), rather than the politically incorrect “Teacher of the Visually Impaired”.


 Some of you like to put “CTVI”, or Certified Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments. I think some TVIs started doing that when the O&M Specialists started adding “certified” before their title, however, it is not the title SBEC has listed.   If you do add “certified” before TVI, you will need to have passed both the TExES exams, and have paid the fee for your TVI teaching certificate.   

We are definitely NOT Vision Therapists, and we do not do vision therapy.  This is a medical profession, and we cannot and should not use this title. 

Chrissy Cowan, TVI
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Guest - Cyral on Sunday, 08 December 2013 03:10

There was recently a session at the Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference about this very topic. The consensus of those gathered was that it would be helpful to have more consistency in our titles, and to keep the word teacher rather than Consultant or Specialist. TVI was the preferred acronym although Teacher of students who are blind and visually impaired has a fun acronym - TSBVI!

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There was recently a session at the Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference about this very topic. The consensus of those gathered was that it would be helpful to have more consistency in our titles, and to keep the word teacher rather than Consultant or Specialist. TVI was the preferred acronym although Teacher of students who are blind and visually impaired has a fun acronym - TSBVI!