The Ohio State School for the Blind offers two types of student evaluations; onsite evaluations, and educational clinic evaluations.
Onsite evaluations are available to Ohio school districts to provide technical support for students with visual impairments. These evaluations are offered for students ages 3-21 and are conducted in the student’s authentic learning environment. An onsite evaluation typically consists of a combination of
- An observation of a student in their authentic learning environment and
- An individualized evaluation of the student, conducted 1:1.
An environmental analysis can also be requested to identify necessary accommodations & adaptations to the learning or home environments. Onsite visits are conducted by a professional certified in education of students with visual impairments, and provide education and recommendations to education teams and families for resources, strategies, and services which can be implemented at the student’s home and within student’s learning environment, based on the individualized outcomes from observations and evaluation. Onsite visits additionally offer support to Teachers of Visual Impairments and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists who are providing programming within the district. The onsite evaluation may be requested to assist districts in the development of the student’s evaluation team report (ETR) and/or individualized education program (IEP).
Educational clinic evaluations are available to Ohio school districts to provide technical support for students with visual impairments. The clinic evaluation differs from an onsite evaluation in that it is typically conducted at the Ohio State School for the Blind. It is also different in that it is conducted by an interdisciplinary team of related services professionals, including the school psychologist, evaluating a student’s skills related to the expanded core curriculum (ECC). Often, the clinic evaluation is requested to assist districts in the development of the student’s evaluation team report (ETR) and/or individualized education program (IEP).
SERVICES FOR PROFESSIONALS
Professional development is available to individuals and agencies serving children with visual impairments. In-services and workshops, webinars, and panel discussions. Education can be provided on a variety of topics based upon need. This can range from introductory information such as Vision 101 – an introduction to children with visual impairments to specific topics, such as Understanding Cortical Visual Impairment, or professional development for teams around the individualized needs of a specific student.
SERVICES FOR FAMILIES
Our Parent Mentor, Lauri Kaplan, works directly with families at OSSB and across the state to provide information, resources & referral services. For questions or assistance please contact Lauri Kaplan, email@example.com
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS
The Ohio State School for the Blind offers short term programming for school aged students in Ohio who attend district programs. These include summer camps and weekend workshops to assist in building skills within the expanded core curriculum. For information about early intervention services for children ages 0-3, please contact Jenni Remeis firstname.lastname@example.org
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