The purpose of this course is to enable students with visual impairments (VI) or dual sensory impairments (DSI) to apply concepts, knowledge, and skills in the educational, home, and community environments. This course is designed to promote the achievement of annual goals based on assessed needs within the student’s individual educational plan (IEP).
This course is for students with VI or DSI who need specially designed instruction to address the unique needs that result from their visual disability. The presence of a visual impairment often requires explicit teaching to address the impact of vision loss on incidental learning as well as access to all environments and curriculum.
A student may repeat this course. The particular course requirements that the student should master each year must be determined by the IEP team through the review of present levels and needs, development of annual goals, and progress monitoring of goal mastery.
This course may be delivered across the continuum of service settings, including general education environments and community settings for the purposes of acquisition, practice, generalization, and maintenance of skills. Activities may be arranged to extend beyond scheduled school hours. To address the full range of special skills based on the assessed need, students may also be enrolled in an Orientation and Mobility Skills Course.
English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Language Arts. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL's need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: https://cpalmsmediaprod.blob.core.windows.net/uploads/docs/standards/eld/la.pdf.