School Districts and Educators

Cleveland Sight Center partners with Northeast Ohio school districts to provide educational assessments and services from Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists. CSC is also an OOD Provider for referrals for Pre-Employment Transitional Services or our Summer Youth Work Experience Program. 

School teams can also receive general consult and educational resources for how to best work with students with visual impairments from our knowledgeable case managers at no additional cost to the district. 

If you’re a district administrator looking to contract for service please call 216-658-8774.


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TEACHER WORKSHOPS

The Annual Teacher Workshop, "See What's Possible" will be held at Cleveland Sight Center on August 11 from 9 am - 3 pm and is designed for professionals (general education, intervention specialists, administrators, therapists, and support staff) who will be working with children with low vision, cortical visual impairment and or blindness during the 2022-23 school year.

We strive to provide presentations that will equip you with the knowledge, resources, and strategies to help you meet your students’ needs. The event is $30 per attendee and will begin with a general introduction and overview of working with students with low vision and blindness. Areas of the expanded core curriculum will be introduced, along with information about recreational, pre-employment and transitional services for students with low vision and blindness.

Full descriptions of each session are available below (participants will pick one topic per session to attend):

Session 1:

  1. Pre-Braille / Braille: This is an interactive session in which participants will learn about Braille, the benefits of using Braille, how and why it is used, and how it can be incorporated into the classroom. Participants will receive an introduction to the Braille alphabet and will participate in Pre-Braille and Braille activities.
  2. Brain-Based Visual Impairment Overview:  This session will introduce participants to Brain-Based / Neurological Visual Impairments, which will include Cortical Visual Impairment.  Participants will learn the definitions, causes, characteristics, and will review assessment and screening tools.  Basic strategies and interventions will also be included, as well as some time for Q & A.
  3. Vision Technology Options:  This session will provide general information about assistive and adaptive technology and low vision devices.  Participants will have hands-on opportunities to learn about low vision technology, including iPad accessibility apps and features which can be used in the classroom with students of varying ages and abilities. Participants will gain an understanding of available accessibility features on a Chromebook, including magnification, ChromeVox Screen Reader, Color/Contrast Settings, and lists of keyboard commands.
     

Session 2:

  1. Material & Instructional Adaptations for K-12:  This session will provide an opportunity to try on different low vision simulation goggles to better understand how students with visual impairments see and experience their world. The presentation will include a PowerPoint slideshow addressing broad areas of accommodations, with hands-on opportunities to utilize a variety of adapted materials. (Will include a brief introduction to Braille Technology and Accessible Software.)
  2. Brain-Based VI Interventions & Adaptations for the Classroom: This session will provide practical ideas that teachers can quickly implement for students impacted by brain-based visual impairments. Participants will learn how to adapt tasks, assignments, materials, and the environment to promote visual access. They will have the opportunity to make adapted books/"make-and-take books."
  3. Adapting the Pre-K Classroom:  Participants attending this session will have fun learning from two experienced preschool teachers who work with children with visual impairments every day.  Participants will learn ways to make the preschool classroom accessible, and how to foster independence amongst students. Adapted materials, pictures, and videos will be shared to demonstrate circle-time, play-based centers, sensory areas, and more!  Participants will learn how to adjust instruction and make environmental adaptations to make early learning successful for Pre-K students with low vision or blindness.

Session 3:

  1. Independent Living & Self-Determination Skills: This session covers two of the most important areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum.  As students grow, they need to learn how to live independently and advocate for their own needs.  In this session, participants will explore the Expanded Core Curriculum with techniques and strategies to teach their students how to best acquire Independent Living and Self-Determination skills.  The components of the Independent Living Skills Checklist will be discussed, and attendees will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities.
  2. Material & Instructional Adaptations for K-12:  This session will provide an opportunity to try on different low vision simulation goggles to better understand how students with visual impairments see and experience their world. The presentation will include a PowerPoint slideshow addressing broad areas of accommodations, with hands-on opportunities to utilize a variety of adapted materials.    *Similar to the Session 2 presentation without the introduction to Braille Technology and Accessible Software. *
  3. Introduction to Active Learning for Students with Multiple Disabilities: In this session, participants will be introduced to Active Learning as a total approach for promoting the development of children with visual impairments and severe multiple disabilities. Participants will explore materials and instructional strategies that support learners to be active participants in their surroundings.  Participants will also be introduced to simple and budget-friendly ways to change environments to promote active learning.

REGISTRATION:

If paying by credit card, register here.

If paying by PO, please download this form and follow all prompts to register.