Itinerant Teachers for the Visually Impaired

Mandate:

To provide necessary and specialized services to students who are visually impaired and blind

To be eligible for District Itinerant Services, a visual impairment is defined as having at least one of the following below (verified by a recent medical report from an ophthalmologist or the Visually Impaired Program at BC Children’s Hospital or Sunny Hill Health Centre):

  • A visual acuity of 6/21 (20/70) or less in the better eye, after correction
  • A visual field of 20 degrees or less
  • Any progressive eye disease with a prognosis of becoming one of the above
  • An uncorrectable visual problem or reduced visual stamina, such that the student functions throughout the school day as his/her visual acuity is limited to 6/21 or less

Description of Service:

  • Provide a functional vision assessment
  • Participate as a member of the student’s IEP team
  • Provide direct instruction is the 9 areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum, such as braille, visual aids, specialized technology, social skills, self-advocacy, orientation and mobility, and independent living skills
  • Provide in-service for school staff, families, and student about eye conditions, visual impairments and the implications for learning
  • Collaborate with braillists regarding braille transcription, adapting maps/diagrams and access to classroom materials & curriculum
  • Collaborate with teachers, parent, other staff regarding students learning access and equity at school
  • Provide effective communication between home, school, eye doctors and community agencies
  • Collaborate with school based team to procure accessible materials from PRCVI, SET-BC and ARCBC, such as braille textbooks, large print textbooks and e-pubs

Referral Procedure:

School Based Team will contact the Teachers of the Visually Impaired directly.  Please email or fax a copy of the student’s current eye report (within last 12 months) from an ophthalmologist or from the Visually Impaired Program at BC Children’s Hospital or Sunny Hill Health Centre.

Itinerant Teachers of the Visually Impaired

 NameEmail
Tami Levinson
Itinerant Teacher of the Visually Impaired
tlevinson@sd61.bc.ca
Winnie Lee
Itinerant Teacher of the Visually Impaired
wlee@sd61.bc.ca
Susan Klinkhamer
Itinerant Teacher of the Visually Impaired
sklinkhamer@sd61.bc.ca

Learning Support Team