Blindness/Low Vision

An impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child’s educational performance. 

Deafness

A hearing impairment so severe that a child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

Hard of Hearing

An impairment in hearing, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

Deafblindness

Simultaneous hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in a special education program solely for children with deafness or children with blindness.

West Virginia VI Resources

Welcome to West Virginia’s VI Resources website connecting families and professionals to local, state and national resources. Funded by the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, this collaborative website is sponsored by the West Virginia VI Advisory Committee. Its purpose is to provide the most up-to-date information or links to information pertaining to children and youth who are blind or have low vision for the benefit of the families and children we serve.

The WV VI Advisory Committee was established in 2007 in an effort to coordinate and enhance the educational services to children who are blind or have low vision and their families in West Virginia. Collaborative partners include state leaders in the field of visual impairments from the West Virginia Department of Education, Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project, Marshall University, West Virginia University, West Virginia School for the Blind, Instructional Resource Center, and Harrison County Board of Education.

A student who is deaf is one who exhibits a hearing loss so severe that the student is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification, which adversely affects a student’s educational performance.  This student relies primarily on vision to access spoken communication.

A student who is hard of hearing is one who exhibits a hearing loss, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a student’s educational performance but that is not included under the definition of deafness.  This student relies primarily on hearing to access spoken communication.

Education Sign Language Interpreters Guidance for WV Schools

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A student who is deafblind is one who exhibits both a vision and a hearing loss, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that he/she cannot be accommodated in a special education program designed solely for students with deafness or blindness or students who are hard of hearing or partially sighted.

This project serves children birth to age 21 with combined vision and hearing loss. The definition includes infants and toddlers who:

  • from birth through age 2 who are experiencing developmental delays in hearing and vision,
  • have a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delays in hearing and vision, or
  • are at risk of having substantial developmental delays in hearing and vision if early intervention services are not provided.

CVI Training Materials

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Recognizing that CVI is the leading cause of visual impairment among children and cognizant of the need for highly qualified interventionists, four state deaf-blind projects embarked on a ten-year collaboration known as the “Cortical Visual Impairment Community of Practice”. The Deaf-Blind Projects from Delaware, Maryland, Vermont, and West Virginia developed and implemented an innovative and successful professional development program which trained an interdisciplinary team of “CVI Mentors” from each state in screening, assessment, program planning and intervention There are four CVI Mentors in West Virginia. These mentors are among the nation’s first professionals to undergo training of this depth and magnitude in this specialty area. Each has received certification of completion of the entire training program and has successfully mastered CVI competencies established in the program. This was followed by training additional “CVI Partners” to also assist in their states.

This website has been created by West Virginia’s CVI Mentors to help service providers and families gain more information about CVI. Videos of previous training, interviews with students are included. You can test your knowledge of CVI to see if you are ready to do assessments yourself!

Watch interviews of students with CVI, family members, and teacher of the visually impaired.

These programs in West Virginia have been funded by WVDE SenseAbilities Project, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and WV Birth to Three.

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Contact Information

Mary Anne Clendenin, Low Incidence Coordinator

Ruth Ann King, Coordinator

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