The TrueNorth Vision Program is an itinerant service designed to meet the needs of students with diagnosed visual impairments. The goal of our program is to provide students with the appropriate skills and tools to become independent individuals, confident of their abilities to meet their potential and to succeed in a sighted world. Services are provided for students whose visual impairment impacts their educational progress and interferes with their ability to access print and visual information within the school environment. Their visual functioning can range from cortical visual impairment to low vision to total blindness.
School districts may request an inquiry using this form. A member of the vision team will reach out to determine next steps. This process may include an initial conversation and review of vision reports by a licensed teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI) or an observation in the student’s classroom.
If warranted, a domain meeting is conducted through the member district for a functional vision and learning media assessment, which takes place within the school building by the TVI. Following the assessment, goals are then developed to reflect the assessed needs of each student in areas of core curricula negatively impacted by the student's vision. Instruction in expanded core curricula specific to the vision loss is also implemented. These may include the following areas: compensatory academic skills, including communication modes; use of assistive technology; orientation and mobility instruction; visual efficiency skills; social interaction skills; college/career education; and independent living skills. This education is delivered within the student’s school of attendance and provided by a licensed teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI).
Orientation and Mobility is a related service of the TrueNorth Vision Program. A licensed Orientation and Mobility Specialist provides orientation and mobility instruction from the expanded core curriculum for students with significant vision loss. Instruction is designed to develop the student’s ability to safely and independently travel within the school and the community.