ADA, IDEA & 504 comparisons. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 represent three attempts to improve the living conditions of those with disabilities.
Guidelines For the Specialized Assessments of Students with Visual Impairments is a document released by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Schools in July 2012. This document details the requirements for qualified service providers, the types of assessments to appropriately define the needs of these students, and resources for locating specialized professionals and materials. Service providers, families, students, teachers and administrators can use this document to justify appropriate services. Click here to download document.
Paths to Literacy: Determining What Students with Low Vision Actually See http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/blog/can-you-see
Roles & Responsibilities of Teachers of Visually Impaired
These Teachers have a multifaceted role which crosses many disciplines, this is an interesting document covering the roles and responsibilities of the TVI.
Sample NIMAS contract language to pass on to (LEA’s) Local Education Agencies. (NIMAS) The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard, helps facilitate timely access to alternate formats of instructional materials for students with visual impairments or other print disabilities.
Resources for IEP Goals:
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired: http://www.tsbvi.edu
Also check out the State of Colorado website regarding some goals. Check site near the bottom of the page under Sample Individual Education Program (IEP) Goals and Objectives: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/sd-vision_guidedocs
Accomodations on College Board tests (SAT®, AP®, or PSAT/NMSQT®). To request accommodations, a student must submit a request to the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities. The process takes about seven weeks from the receipt of all documentation so please plan well in advance. This is a link to the College Board website, http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ssd
MCAS Link, check out the latest test items and answer key. http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/testitems.html
The Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library has an SAT prep book, the Fiske new SAT insider’s guide, available on cassette and in braille at http://www.perkins.org/community-programs/btbl/
Recycle old PSAT braille tests, send to the Accessible Instructional Materials Library, 3 Randolph St., Canton MA 02021. This is a link to their website:
Braille Notetaker IEP Goals and Lesson Ideas Click here
Sheet Music and Low Vision Click here to view chat
iPad Stands Click here to see what our members found
Low Vision and a Microscope – Using a microscope with low vision:The pupil cam to be extremely helpful. You can connect to any monitor (TV or computer) for an enlarged display. 1401KEN 10x Eyepiece Video PupilCam