Visual Impairments (VI)

Vision Statement

The Program for Students with Visual Impairments serves a wide variety of students who are visually impaired, from infancy through age 22. It is the vision of the program to support district curriculum and enable all students with visual impairments to attain their fullest potential.

Mission Statement

The vision is accomplished through the utilization of unique educational strategies and specialized technology, equipment, and materials. Collaboration with family, district personnel, medical specialists, and agencies is an integral part of the program. The primary goals of the program are to foster maximum independence, integration with peers, and development of communication skills.

Objectives of the VI Program

1. Students who are Visually Impaired:

Will be provided with a variety of educational options including, but not limited to, resource rooms, general education classes with VI itinerant teacher support, non-public schools, or state residential schools.

Will have access to appropriate reading media that meet their individual needs, such as; Braille, recorded books, tactile graphics, large print, and low vision aids.

Will meet California State Standards and the California Braille Reading and Mathematics Standards, if student accesses Braille.

Will receive Orientation & Mobility supports for development of safe travel skills and concept development, as determined by IEP team.

Will be taught the expanded core curriculum for students with visual impairments as needed.

Will be tested using standardized assessments to determine that grade level expectations are being met or to determine a level consistent with the student's ability.

Will be capable of being productive employable adults who possess independent living skills upon graduation from high school with either a diploma or letter of recognition.

Will be encouraged to continue their education beyond high school.

Will be encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities and/or community activities.

2. Administrators, teachers and support staff in the VI Program:

Will be appropriately credentialed.

Will respect the capabilities of all students and challenge them to function at their highest level.

Will ensure that the student's visual impairment is considered for the goals and objectives listed on the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and Individualized Transition Plan (ITP). Appropriate accommodations/modifications will be provided so that these goals can be achieved.

Will demonstrate appropriate communication skills to effectively communicate with the student and school staff the educational knowledge and background specific to the field of education for students with visual impairments.

Will be responsible for ensuring that the California Braille Reading and Mathematics Standards are met.

Will work collaboratively with the general education staff and related services in order to ensure that the student's needs are met.

3. Classified personnel who work with students in the VI Program:

Will have the necessary communication skills appropriate to their assignment and knowledge and background specific to the field of education for students with visual impairments.

Will be willing to learn the English Braille Code.

Will become familiar with the use of low vision aids.

4. Parents of students receiving services in the VI Program:

Will be encouraged to participate in district parent education programs to include: curriculum and standards, program options and services, basic Braille instruction, transition options, parent services, community resources, legal rights and IFSP, IEP and ITP development.

Will be actively involved in their child's educational program with the goal to maximize their child's potential and success

Contact Information

VI Program
Low Incidence - Related and Specialized Services

Phone: (858) 490-8451
Fax: (858) 490-8458