Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
All of the visually impaired students in the Round Rock Independent School District are being educated in classrooms with their sighted peers in programs appropriate to their academic needs. These students, their classroom teachers, schools and families are supported by our VI Department. We are here to help reduce the impact of students visual impairment on his or her education. Our students visual abilities range from mild (that may require magnifiers, large print, seating changes in the classroom,..) to totally blind (braille, abacus, braille note takers,...). We currently have six certified teachers for the visually impaired that serve over seventy identified students in our district from the age of birth-22.
The service models range from consultation to direct service (defined below) We hope these web pages and links will serve to give you the resources you will need to help make your year more productive and efficient. Please contact us with any questions you have..
Educating Students with Visual Impairments in Texas: Guidelines and Procedures: Click Here
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR:
CERTIFIED TEACHERS OF THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
LINKS TO OUR VI TEACHERS
CERTIFIED ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY SPECIALISTS
LINKS TO OUR O&M SPECIALISTS
LINKS TO OUR BRAILLISTS
Request For Braille Materials in the classroom- Click on this link to have any books, worksheets, tests,.... brailled. Please remember to fill out the form completely. Our braillists will need FIVE SCHOOL DAYS to braille your request and have it returned to you. Often they are able to turn these requests around much quicker.... however there are several times during the year where the five days will be needed. Thank You
Powerpoint presentations for teachers and students about our students... great information for everyone!
Goal Ball- Round Rock ISD VI Department is coaching goal ball practices involving students of ages ranging from 10 to 22 from RRISD, Austin ISD, Georgetown ISD, and Eanes ISD.
General information on this sport
Mainstream classroom checklist for students with visual impairments-
This might be a helpful checklist for classroom teachers. It should help identify and organize questions you may have.
Classroom adaptations for the student with visual impairment- This link will give you a few basic ideas for modifications in strategies and the classroom environment
Tips for working with blind students- This link is more specific to classroom teachers who will have students who use braille as their reading and writing medium.
Information for classroom teachers about monoculars- monoculars are used by some of our low vision students. This is a good information page on this piece of equipment.
Subject Area Resources
Helpful links for information and materials- There are many resources for materials and information that will be helpful in your classroom.
VI/O&M teacher links for forms
Evaluation Format Form
Student Data Form
Principal, Diagnostician, ARD Facilitator Letter
Student Contact Log