The Visually Impaired (VI) program provides a range of services to students served in a variety of classrooms; these services may include instruction in Braille and use of low vision devices, special training using computer software for the visually impaired, modification of instructional materials for visually impaired students and consultation with classroom teachers; additional support includes Orientation and Mobility.
Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
School Occupational and Physical Therapy programs are Related Services under IDEA and are provided when needed to support a student's success in his educational program. Physical Therapy services address positioning, mobility and access needs of students with disabilties. Occupational Therapy services address needs in the areas of tool use, self-help and work habits. The appropriateness and extent of these services are determined by the ARD committee and are based on assessment results and student need.
Speech and Language
School-based Speech Therapy supports the educational program for students who have a disorder in communication involving articulation, language, fluency and/or voice. Speech and Language Therapists work as members of a multidisciplinary team that serves children schoolwide in the development of communication and language skills needed for school success.
Adapted Physical Education is a service provided to students with disabilities who cannot safely and successfully engage in a general education PE program. Services range from consultation in the general education class to individualized adapted PE sessions. Adapted PE includes developmental gross motor activities, games and sports that follow the general PE curriculum and meet the developmental and physical needs of the individual student.
Counseling is provided in order to enable students with disabilities to make measurable progress, or receive benefit from their IEPs. School-based counseling focuses on improving social, emotional and behavioral problems to support progress in the educational process. It may be provided as a direct service or as an indirect services. Direct services include face to face interactions with the student whereas indirect services are provided through consultation and support to other providers.
Audiological Services provides an evaluation by an Audiologist for children, birth-22 years of age. District schools refer students they suspect may have a hearing loss. The Audiologist also provides services to students in the Regional Day School Program for the Deaf; consultative services to students receiving itinerant services and support, and professional development regarding the use of residual hearing and amplification systems to teachers, staff and parents.
Transition Services focus attention on how each student's educational program can be planned to help the student meeth his/her goals for a successful transition to adulthood. Transition specialists assist in the planning and delivery of transition services for all students with disabilities, beginning at age 14 or younger, to prepare them for transition from school to adult living.