Dual Vision/Orientation and Mobility Roles:
- Provide guidance and counseling for their students. The following are provided: understanding the attitudes and those of others concerning visual impairment, exploring similarities and differences in relation to all children, skills in becoming socially aware of one’s self and environment, in learning acceptable behavior, encouraging social interactions with peer groups; becoming more independent, career education curriculum made need supplementary instruction, encompassing three sequential areas-career awareness, career exploration and vocational preparation, social adjustment skills-help student blend smoothly in society, emphasizing spatial awareness and orientation, verbal and nonverbal language, self-help skills, socialization, interpersonal relations and real life experiences.
- The staff supports the family through the services that include: interpreting implications of visual impairment on overall development, referring to appropriate service providers, encouraging home involvement in program objectives and acting as a resource in the field of vision.
- Liaisons between community and school with Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, Association for the Blind are maintained regularly and these agencies are invited to all IEPs and progress on each student in order for long-term success.
We are able to secure resources available outside of LIU/school districts through Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BVS) to obtain functional vision/educational evaluations pertinent to visually impaired students—-ex.: Dr. Feinbloom, Dr. Marla Moon, Dr. Pat Cautilla, CHOP, Wills Eye and local eye doctors. In addition we network with Lions Club, BVS, Luzerne Foundation, personal resources and are able to secure funding for equipment, additional training, counseling services, etc. to alleviate the demands financially on school districts.