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Blind / Visually Impaired

 Erin Peterson, Vision Support Teacher

Since 2016, Erin’s role with the team is supporting children/youth that have vision loss.  She has a diverse background that she brings to the team.  Erin started her career as a rehab assistant, taught on a Hutterite colony, and served as a Learning Support Teacher.  She earned her Masters of Special Education (Vision) through University of Northern Colorado.  Erin is currently working on her CVI endorsement to assist her students that have cortical vision impairment.

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Wondering if your child / youth would benefit from accessing vision support services?

Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) support students from early learning programs all the way to graduation who meet the following criteria:

  • Visual acuity of 6/21 meters or 20/70 feet or less in a the better eye after correction (glasses or contact lenses); visual acuity is a measurement of vision clarity
  • A visual field of 20 degrees or less (peripheral vision)
  • Any progressive eye disease with a prognosis of becoming one of the above in a the next few years; or
  • An uncorrectable visual problem or reduced visual stamina such that the student functions as if his/her acuity is limited to 20/70 or less
  • Cortical Visual Impairment

Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is not something that a TVI can provide, however, optometrists who are specifically trained in vision therapy are able to offer this service to children/youth. Vision therapy is an individualized treatment program that is used with children who have difficulty with visually processing information such as convergence insufficiency, focusing programs, tracking difficulty, eye teaming or perception challenges.  The goal of the therapy is to train the brain to process visual information more efficiently.  Vision therapy programs typically involve eye exercises and/or the use of lenses, filters, occluders, and computer programs.  The therapy is closely monitored by vision therapists in a clinical setting.

For more information about school-based vision services and vision therapy, you may find the Teaching Visually Impaired website based out of Georgia, USA helpful.

Vision Education Alberta Website

Educators, Parents, and Students can find a wealth of resources and learning materials on the Vision Education Alberta website.  The site includes:

  • guiding documents outlining provincial and national standards for the education of children/youth who have vision challenges
  • learning opportunities including workshops, conferences, webcasts, and online training modules
  • resources for teachers and parents for adapting materials, explaining eye conditions, and additional links to all of the topics included in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ex. independent living, recreation / leisure, career, self-advocacy)

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