a. Assessment and Evaluation
i. Identify the needs and strengths of the student and estimate the length and frequency of service necessary to meet determined needs and complete an assessment report.
ii. Determines eligibility based upon functional assessment (including interpretation and review of the ophthalmological report/s), analysis of student’s level of visual impairment, other significant challenges, age, school demands, and parent desires/concerns through collaboration, observation, and interview.
iii. Compiles and organizes all data gathered for dissemination and review at the student’s evaluation review or re-evaluation meeting for the purpose of collaborative planning to develop a student based Individual Educational Plan to meet their needs for compensatory instruction due to their vision impairment.
iv. Participates in the meeting of the team to plan for this students includes estimates of needed service times and selecting the areas of greatest need to be addressed in the formulation of written goals and objectives.
v. Attends subsequent annual or review meetings to evaluate progress and plan for future needs.
b. Provides Orientation and Mobility (O&M) instruction
i. Arranges for the provision of instructional sessions and/or consultations with the school personnel, family, and any other community connections that may be needed and to provide such instruction.
ii. Instructs students in skills and knowledge that enables them to travel independently.
iii. Teaches students to travel with proficiency, safety, and confidence in familiar and unfamiliar environments.
iv. Prepares sequential and meaningful instruction geared to the student’s assessed needs, IEP goals and objectives, functioning level, and motivation level.
v. Prepares and uses equipment and materials, such as tactile maps, models, optical devices, pre-canes, GPS devices, and long canes for the development of O&M skills.
vi. Works with teachers of these students with visual impairments to conduct the functional vision assessment as it relates to independent travel.
vii. Provides a written summary of these sessions to the case manager for the purpose of monitoring progress of the student and planning for future sessions and needs.
viii. Transports students to various sites to provide O&M instruction and is responsible for the student’s safety while fostering maximum independence.
c. Provides consultative services
i. Confers regularly with parents, classroom teachers, physical education teachers, physical therapists, and other school personnel to assist in home and classroom modifications to ensure reinforcement of appropriate O&M skills that will encourage independent travel in these settings and in the future.
ii. Provides consultation visits and in-services to classrooms, personnel, families, etc. about techniques, strategies, materials that may be assistive in the educational programming to ensure student success. These sessions may include:
2. Contact with student’s family
3. Review of additional reports and information received
iii. Provides a summary of the sessions to the case manager for the purpose of monitoring progress of the student and planning for future sessions and needs.
iv. Provides support services to parents, educators, other team members and student’s peers.
v. Transports students to various sites to provide physical, hands on instruction
i. Maintains up-to-date documentation of the students seen for billing purposes and to meet contractual obligations. This includes, but is not limited to:
1. Amount of time spent with each student
2. Differentiation between vision services and orientation & mobility services
ii. Maintains and reports accurate count of students to the State Resource Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired annually in January for the determination of Federal Funding to service these students in the purchase of needed teaching materials from the American Printing House for the Blind.
1. Communicates with families should their child be “legally blind” as the student’s name and visual acuity will be listed.
e. Participates and attends professional development conferences and inservices, reads journals, reviews catalogs, and networks with other professionals servicing the same vision impaired population in order to remain current and up-to-date on techniques and available materials.
f. Collaborates with others to plan a student camp that is held every other year for Regions 5 and 7 at Lake Carlos.
i. Applies for CSPD funds to support this camp
ii. Disseminates information to eligible students/families
iii. Arranges for student attendance
iv. Attends and participates for the duration of the camp
g. Other duties as assigned