Visual Impairments (VI)

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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 September 24, 2014
    • Coordinators Mtg

      Starts: 10:00 am

      Ends: 1:00 pm, September 24, 2014

      Location: Zumbro Education District, 801 Frontage Rd NW, Byron, MN, United States

  • Events on September 25, 2014
    • Minnesota Orientation & Mobility Specialists (MOMS) Meetings

      Starts: 6:00 pm

      Ends: 8:20 pm, September 25, 2014

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

      Description: CCA 14

  • Events on September 26, 2014
    • TBI Family Retreat - Statewide

      Starts: 12:00 am

      Ends: 12:00 am, September 27, 2014

      Location: Camp Courage, 83rd Street Northwest, Maple Lake, MN, United States

    • SVN

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 3:20 pm, September 26, 2014

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

      Description: MDE CCA 14 / Online

  • Events on September 29, 2014
    • DCD State wide Network Mtg

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 3:00 pm, September 30, 2014

      Location: Zumbro Education District, 801 Frontage Rd NW, Byron, MN, United States

      Description: Remote Broad Cast will start at 12 on Monday and 8:30 on Tuesday

      Statewide DCD Network Representatives:

      Save the Dates!

      Fall 2014 Statewide ASD/DCD Collaborative Network Meetings

      Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)
      Conference Center B – Rooms 15-16

      Monday, Sept 29th 9:30 am – 4 pm

      9:30 am – Noon: Separate DCD and ASD Network Meetings

      Noon - 1 pm: Lunch

      1 - 4 pm: Laura Tubbs Booth: Legal Issues as they relate to Special Education


      Tuesday, Sept 30th 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

      8:30 am – Noon: Sheila Merzer, Jan Ostrom and Elizabeth Reeve:
      Psychiatric Comorbidities in Children with Developmental
      Differences: Medical and Behavioral Interventions and
      Implications for Educators

      Noon - 1 pm: Lunch

      1 – 3:30 pm: Continuation from the morning

      Both days: Continental breakfast served an hour before meetings begin. Hot lunch will be provided by TST Catering.

      Note: As a DCD representative, it is an expectation that you attend both full days.

      Remote viewing: These meetings will be live-streamed to remote locations around the state.
      Location list will be available when registering.

      You will be notified when the registration through Metro ECSU is open. Hope your summer is going great!

      Marcia Holman
      Statewide Coordinator for Teacher Initiatives: DCD/SMI
      Developmental Cognitive Disabilities/Severely Multiply Impaired
      MN Low Incidence Projects
      Metro ECSU
      2 Pine Tree Drive, Suite 101
      Arden Hills, MN 55112

  • Events on October 3, 2014
    • State DHH Meeting

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 3:20 pm, October 3, 2014

      Location: District 916

    • PHD Network

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 3:00 pm, October 3, 2014

      Location: ZED

    • MN Resource Center Advisory Committee Meetings

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 1:20 pm, October 3, 2014

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

      Description: CCA 1&2

    • BVI CoP

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 2:50 pm, October 3, 2014

      Location: People's Food Cooperative, 519 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN, United States

  • Events on October 7, 2014
    • DHH Network Mtg

      Starts: 9:00 am

      Ends: 3:00 pm, October 7, 2014

      Location: Centerstone, 6th Street Southwest, Rochester, MN, United States

      Description: I have changed the date due to the State DHH meeting being on the 3rd of October and in an effort to get this information out asap, we will be having the meeting on 10-7-14 at Centerstone plaza in Rochester (formerly best Western Soldiers Field)