CESA 6 offers a variety of educational services to support school districts to meet the needs of children with vision loss including evaluation, consultation, itinerant vision services and orientation and mobility training.
The CESA 6 Vision program provides school districts and families with a range of services to address the academic and social needs of children with vision loss. Teachers of the Blind/Visually Impaired provide direct instruction to students, and collaboration with school personnel and parents. Areas of focus generally include reading/Braille instruction and expanded core curriculum skills (social interaction skills, independent living skills, recreation and leisure skills, career education, use of assistive technology, visual efficiency skills.)
Orientation and Mobility
Orientation and Mobility (O&M) instruction is a related service available to students who are determined to meet the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) eligibility criteria for vision impairment. Orientation and mobility (O&M) is the set of skills and concepts that a person uses to travel safely, confidently, efficiently, and independently. This is accomplished through using mobility aids (such as a long cane or a pre-cane), mental mapping, attending to remaining senses, and applying a variety of strategies developed for those with limited vision and modified for those with additional areas of need.