Visual Impairments (VI)

2014 Welcome Back PACKET

Accessible Instructional Materials – Information for School District Purchasers.

Accessible Font APHont -

APHont™ (pronounced Ay’-font), was developed by APH specifically for low vision readers. APHont embodies characteristics that have been shown to enhance reading speed, comprehension, and comfort for large print users.

The entire APHont Suite is available free-of-charge to qualified users for non-commercial purposes. The APHont Suite consists of Regular, Bold, Italic, and Italic Bold. You must certify use for or by a person with a visual impairment before downloading.

Educators for students who are Blind/Visually Impaired in Minnesota

Mission:  The mission of the Minnesota Resource Center: Blind/Visually Impaired Low Vision Community of Practice is to support the educational rights of students with low vision.This includes the right of the student to:
  • have optimal access to the normal visual environment,
  • have visual capabilities evaluated comprehensively and accurately through clinical low vision evaluations, and
  • receive services from competent and qualified professionals.
Belief:  The Minnesota Resource Center: Blind/Visually Impaired Low Vision Community of Practice believes that
  • All students with low vision have a right to participate in a clinical low vision evaluation without cost inhibitors or geographical barriers.
  • Clinical low vision evaluation is a necessary component of a student’s medical care and it does not replace existing medical services.
  • Low vision services are a critical component of effective educational services to students with low vision.
  • Students with low vision have individual needs, which may be met through a range of services, tools, and solutions.

Accessible assessments:

Transition

Early Intervention

Orientation & Mobility

Links:

State & Regional Contacts

Kristin Oien

Blind / Visually Impaired Specialist Minnesota Department of  Education 1500 Hwy, 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113 (651) 582-8843 / fax (651) 582-8729

Region 10 Vision Network Members:

Mary Kautto  – Austin Dag Riseng – GCED Gwen HowardSMEC Sandy Gorham – HVED South Cluster Terri Kersting – HVED North Cluster Connie Telschow – MSAB  Jeannie Worden – MSAB  Mary Ann Honeycutt – Owatonna Rita Sanderson Rochester Karl-Peter Hammer – ZED Below is a listing of the new numbers for the braille section. The main switchboard can be reached at Toll-free: 800-652-9000 Ph: (651) 539-2300 Manager: Donna Marhoun: 651-539-2307 Braille Techs: General line: 651-539-2315 Eileen Baker: 651-539-2303 Yvette Hennies: 651-539-2306 Sharon Obrestad: 651-539-2308 Braille Library Librarian, Vicky Roberts: 651-539-2310 Library Assistant, Pat Barrett: 651-539-2304 Transcribers Penny Carpenter: 651-539-2305 Valerie Snider-Wojack: 651-539-2314 Gail Stefanick: 651-539-2313 Proofreaders Allison O’Day: 651-539-2309 Judy Sanders: 651-539-2311 Bookbinder Jim Sarbacker: 651-539-2312

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Region 10 Events
  • Events on October 29, 2014
  • Events on October 31, 2014
    • Alternative Licensure Discussion

      Starts: 8:30 am

      Ends: 12:00 pm, October 31, 2014

      Location: 209 Gildemeister P.O. Box 5838 Winona, MN 55987

  • Events on November 5, 2014
    • Low Vision Clinics

      Starts: 12:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 am, November 6, 2014

      Location: Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota 36, Roseville, MN, United States

    • ASD Network

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 3:00 pm, November 5, 2014

      Location: People's Food Cooperative, 1st Avenue Southwest, Rochester, MN, United States

  • Events on November 6, 2014
    • Low Vision Clinics

      Starts: 12:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 am, November 7, 2014

      Location: Intermediate District 287, Xenium Lane North, Plymouth, MN, United States

  • Events on November 7, 2014
    • Low Vision Clinics

      Starts: 12:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 am, November 8, 2014

      Location: Lakes Country Services Co-Op, East Mount Faith Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN, United States

  • Events on November 12, 2014
    • RLIF

      Starts: 12:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 am, November 14, 2014

  • Events on November 14, 2014
    • PHD/DCD Networks

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 3:00 pm, November 14, 2014

      Location: Southeast Service Co-Op, 210 35th St SE, Rochester, MN, United States

      Description:
      AM: Lori Mac - (Standards)
      Lori will prepare and share "Investigating the 2010 Literacy Standards" with staff. The training will examine the six shifts required for teaching and learning with the new standards. Educators will dig into the standards and discuss how they might implement these shifts with their specific students.

      PM: (Self advocacy from PreK to post Secondary)
      This session will discuss the current shift in thinking for providing services PreK through 21 for ALL ED regarding:
      Self advocacy skills
      MN Olmsted Plan
      Discussion/application of standards to your specific students
      Quality of Life Goals appropriate for All age levels

    • BVI Network Mtg

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 2:50 pm, November 14, 2014

      Location: Zed

      Description: Kristin Oien will attend