MANITOBA EDUCATION AND TRAINING Program and Student Services

MANITOBA EDUCATION AND TRAINING Program and Student Services

MANITOBA EDUCATION AND TRAINING Program and Student Services Branch ............................... Services for Students who are Blind or

Visually Impaired Service Model ............................... Service Model in Manitoba Team of seven

consultants for the Blind and Visually Impaired provide province wide service Service Model contd Consultants are based in city of

Winnipeg Offices in the Manitoba Education and Training Building Service Background ...............................

Service Background Service began in 1975 Prior to 75 children who were blind were sent to school in province of Ontario Service Background Would begin attending W. Ross

McDonald School for the Blind in Brantford, Ontario at age of 5 1300 miles away from Winnipeg Service Background Parents, who had school age children

who were blind, requested that their children be allowed to attend neighborhood schools In response provincial government created educational services that allow student to attend community school Service Background

Children who were blind were first group to be mainstreamed or included in Manitoba education system

Debt of Gratitude owed to. Vision Consultant Services ............................... Vision Consultant Services

Provide direct teaching (braille/mobility/life skills/tech) Conduct Functional Vision

Assessments/Tech assessments Participate in the IEP process Vision Consultant Services Participate in preschool transition and school

leaving transition Provide training to school staff in assistive technology and software

Provide workshops to school division staff, parents, post-secondary institutions Eligibility & Assessment ............................... Eligibility & Assessment Access to consultant service is initiated by

completing a PSSB vision referral form and by having an eye report form completed by a professional eye care practitioner (ophthalmologist or optometrist). Eligibility & Assessment Students eligible for placement on a consultant caseload have one or more of the following:

corrected visual acuity of 20/70 or less less than 20 degrees of field of vision deteriorating eye condition Eligibility & Assessment Students not meeting criteria seen on an on call basis but will not be placed on a caseload.

Consultant for BVI will arrange to meet with the school team to review the eye condition, discuss concerns and make recommendations for adaptations. Special Equipment Special learning

equipment provided on loan basis Student or School Initiated Courses Option for up to 4 credits in Senior Years in Compensatory Skills for the Visually Impaired.

Concentrated instruction in braille, orientation and mobility, technology, daily living skills and transitioning to adulthood. Vision Screening Program The Vision Screening Program is coordinated by school divisions with support from the consultants for BVI.

It is intended to identify as early as possible, school age students who may have undetected visual difficulties. Vision Screening Program Consultants for BVI will provide training for school teams. Equipment can be borrowed from the

Instructional Resources Unit. Consultants for BVI will provide information about other options, such as the Eye See Eye Learn program. Alternate Formats ...............................

Alternate Format Services -Consultants assist schools in obtaining the appropriate textbooks and resources for the students in a variety of formats -braille, audio, large print and electronic formats available through the Alternate Formats Library Large print and braille books

Interlibrary Loan -Alternate Format Services utilizes the reciprocal loan services of many other special collections across Canada and United States -specialized collections accessed through a request made on a student's behalf from his/her own provincial education resource

centre. Production of Alternate Format Materials -When requested alternate format texts cannot be source from on-site collection or interlibrary loan contacts, the Alternate Formats produces book.

-Alternate Formats can produce the requested book in audio, braille, large print, or electronic text format. Alternate Format Materials for Post-Secondary Students -Post-secondary students registered as being visually impaired or who have certifiable

disabilities which affect ability to read print, and who attend Manitoba colleges/universities, have access to braille, large print, audio books or electronic textbooks. Consultant Contact Information Laura Roy, Coordinator

204 945-5916 Dave Beckett 204 232-7433 Danielle Brodeur [email protected] [email protected]

204-330-1172 [email protected] Sara Careless 204-792-8595 [email protected] Kim Gilbey 204-792-7931 [email protected] Heather Harland

204 232-7429 [email protected] Stacey Roberton 204 795-8424

[email protected] Joanne Tokar 204 232-7431 [email protected]

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