Service Delivery Models for Students with Visual Impairments

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

If you are a teacher who works with students who have visual impairments, then you might be interested in learning about the different educational models that are available. This lesson describes a variety of service delivery models.

Learning About Different Models

Ruthie has been working as a special education itinerant teacher, or SEIT, for five years and she specializes in students with visual impairments.

As a SEIT, Ruthie is a certified special educator who works one on one with students who have disabilities. As an itinerant teacher, Ruthie mostly supports students in the general education classroom who have severe visual impairments and cannot access the curriculum without her support.

Lately, Ruthie has become interested in learning more about different service delivery models for students with visual impairments.

General Education Classrooms

The model Ruthie is most familiar with is a general education classroom. When a student with a visual impairment is able to access most of the general curriculum with some support in the form of human resources and assistive technology, the general education classroom is usually considered the least restrictive environment.

Students with visual impairments in a general education classroom are usually those who can learn to read print materials and who have few, if any, cognitive impairments. These students often benefit from preferential seating, extended time on assignments, and specialized reading instruction outside of the classroom.

In the general education classroom, it is usually helpful to demystify, or explain and discuss, visual impairments with the whole class in order to facilitate inclusion of the child with the disability.

Resource Rooms

Ruthie also knows that resource rooms can be tremendously helpful for students with visual impairments. These are rooms outside of the classroom dedicated to providing services to students with special needs.

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