Blind/Low Vision Resource Program
Staff from the Resource Services Department at the W. Ross Macdonald School visit students who are blind/visually impaired and students with a vision loss and additional exceptionalities, who attend a local school board program in Ontario. These visits are provided at no charge and are made upon a written request by school personnel to the Blind/Low Vision Resource Program.
A referral process is in place for individual students to be seen by resource consultants.
For a referral package, or to request support from Resource Services and Outreach Programs, Blind/Low Vision Program - please contact Kerri Readings: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student focused consultations:
In order to access consultative services for specific students the following information is typically requested:
Consultants typically will spend from one-half to one full day in the classroom. A brief meeting between the teacher and the consultant prior to student observation will provide the consultant with information of the teachers' concerns. It is typical for consultants to:
Following the visit a summary report is written. Consultants are available to attend team meetings in order to share recommendations and observations.
Our consultants are specialists in the field of blindness and low vision. Their experience and training has qualified them to address the needs of students with vision loss where specialized methods and techniques are necessary for learning and development.
Educational Consultants provide:
Other services to School Boards include presentations and workshops to provide information about the educational implications of visual impairment and the coordination of professional development at the W. Ross Macdonald School for teachers, consultants and other professionals serving students who have a vision loss in Board settings.
These presentations can include:
We also provide clinic days for the Early Intervention Program where families and children are served. Children’s visual and developmental needs are assessed.