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.

BVI Websites:

Accessible assessments:


Early Intervention

Orientation & Mobility


  • MN Resource Libraries
    MN Resource Libraries is a statewide library providing information and resources to help families and educators meet the educational needs of Minnesota children and youth who have a hearing and or vision loss.
  • MN Resource Libraries Online Catalog

MDE AT Loan Project

Resources to support Teachers


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 August 10, 2015

RLIP Meeting

Starts: 9:00 am

Ends: 10:30 am, August 10, 2015

Location: GTM - Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

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