VI Statewide Support
APH Federal Quota System
Instructional Materials Warehouse
The North Carolina VI Outreach Instructional Materials Warehouse (IMW) was recently established to provide NC students with qualifying vision impairing conditions an avenue to more quickly obtain materials and devices, provided by the American Printing House for the Blind, which assist students in accessing the core and expanded core curriculum. As the Federal Quota Fund Ex Officio Trustee for the state of North Carolina, William Tubilleja conducts the annual census of eligible students, determines how quota moneys are spent, processes and provides approval of all orders for Federal Quota materials. Since its establishment, all orders have been processed and shipped out of the IMW.
Beginning July 1, 2015, LEAs should have Functional Vision Assessment, Learning Media Assessment, vision specific assistive technology evaluations and Orientation and Mobility evaluations administered by a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) or Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS).
Although each professional's experience providing assessments will vary, such are trained to administer non-medical assessments that address visual or mobility needs for students with visual impairment. A Clinical Low Vision Evaluation is a medical evaluation that a TVI or COMS does not administer; rather, a certified low vision optometrist conducts the evaluation in order to determine the need for optical and non-optical devices for students with low vision. The prescribed devices assist the student in accessing print more efficiently within the educational environment. The EC Division currently provides low vision clinics across the state depending on need. The Division will continue to provide the clinics; however, a stakeholder group is being assembled to address specific concerns brought to our attention by LEAs.
For more information or questions, please contact your regional Consultant for Vision Impairment.
Memo VI Assessment Support
For more information on upcoming professional development opportunities, please refer to postings on the NCVI List-Serve. If you are interested in subscribing to the NCVI List-Serve, please contact William Tubilleja, 919.807.3988.
The EC Division annually schedules clinical low vision evaluation events throughout the state. Opportunities include clinics at such sites as the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh (GMS), various town and cities throughout the state based on interest and during the summer camp at GMS. Because the demands of each area of the state varies year to year, the low vision clinic schedule is determined at the beginning of the school year and throughout as vision impairment professionals give feedback to the low vision coordinator concerning demand for the service in their area of the state. As the low vision clinic schedule is developed it is shared with VI professionals through the NCVI List-Serve.
For information on how to schedule you student for a low vision evaluation, please contact William Tubilleja, 919.807.3951.
Under IDEA 2004 addressing assistive technology:
Sec. 300.105 Assistive technology.
(a) Each public agency must ensure that assistive technology devices or assistive technology services, or both, as those terms are defined in Sec. Sec. 300.5 and 300.6, respectively, are made available to a child with a disability if required as a part of the child's--
(1) Special education under Sec. 300.36;
(2) Related services under Sec. 300.34; or
(3) Supplementary aids and services under Sec. Sec. 300.38 and 300.114(a)(2)(ii).
(b) On a case-by-case basis, the use of school-purchased assistive technology devices in a child's home or in other settings is required if the child's IEP Team determines that the child needs access to those devices in order to receive FAPE.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(1), 1412(a)(12)(B)(i) )