From learning about braille to addressing accessibility challenges in the community, these classroom-based presentations and workshops cover a range of topics connected to inclusion and empowerment for students with visual impairments.
The PRCVI Outreach Team consults and collaborates with teachers of students with visual impairments (TSVIs) in school districts and independent schools in British Columbia. Outreach support is flexible and is focused on the needs of the TSVI and the educational team and is available upon request.
Examples of Student-Focused Topics
- Providing support/input on the planning and administration of specialized assessments (e.g., Functional Vision Assessment, Learning Media Assessment).
- Collaborating with the TSVI to develop introductory lessons for a new assistive technology solution for the student.
- Collaboratively planning and delivering a series of lessons around simple meal preparation with a student with a visual impairment and a small group of his/her peers.
- Working with the TSVI and Orientation and Mobility specialist to plan and execute a trip to a shopping mall with a student, with the goal of purchasing materials for a class project.
School- and Classroom-Based Projects
Early Braille Writing Project
The Early Braille Writing Project (EBWP) is a collaborative effort by PRCVI and SET-BC to make technology available to support early literacy for students who read braille in British Columbia. Mountbatten braillewriters are available on short-term loan from PRCVI for students who require the device on a transitional basis.
Inclusive Coding for Students with Visual Impairments
The PRCVI Outreach Team has created and curated a continuum of programming options and resources for teaching coding to students with visual impairments across K-12. Check back as new options are always coming on-line!
Lesson Study for TSVIs
Lesson Study is a process through which educators collaboratively develop high-quality lessons around a specific topic. The PRCVI Outreach Team works with BC TSVIs on lesson topics that are most relevant to students' programming to create lesson plans and as a means of collaborative professional learning.