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Highland Park, Illinois 60035-3899
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Vision Services

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Vision: Staff Directory

The NSSED Vision Program is an itinerant service designed to meet the needs of students with diagnosed visual impairments. The goal of our program is to provide students with the appropriate skills and tools to become independent individuals, confident of their abilities to meet their potential and to succeed in a sighted world.  Services are provided for students whose visual impairment impacts their educational progress and interferes with their ability to access printed information within the school environment. Their visual functioning can range from low vision to total blindness.

Upon referral by the member district, a functional vision assessment is performed within the school by a certified teacher of students with visual impairments. Goals are then developed to reflect the assessed needs of each student in areas of core curricula impacted by vision loss. Instruction in expanded core curricula specific to the vision loss is also implemented.  These may include the following areas: compensatory academic skills, including communication modes; use of assistive technology; orientation and mobility instruction; visual efficiency skills; social interaction skills, college/career education; and independent living skills. This education is delivered within the student’s school of attendance and provided by certified teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) and a certified orientation and mobility specialist.

For further information about this program and services available, please contact:
Naomi Hershman
NSSED Vision Coordinator
847-831-5100 x 2353

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