Outreach

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Outreach Services

In conjunction with local education agencies, schools, and parents of students who are blind or visually impaired, the WCBVI Statewide Outreach Team provides assessments, consultations, and instruction in areas of the expanded core curriculum (ECC). These services are of no cost to the families or school districts that request them, and are provided by highly trained vision professionals working to support access to learning for Wisconsin students.

The Outreach Team includes consultants, specialists, and teachers for students who are blind or visually impaired in the areas of preschool, orientation and mobility, braille or tactile communication, low vision, students with multiple disabilities, transition, and all areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). For a list of Outreach Team members and vision support staff, visit the Outreach Contacts page. All Outreach consultants and vision professionals are independent of the child’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) teams. To learn more about teachers of the visually impaired, Orientation and Mobility instructors, and the ECC, click on the following link: TVI and O&M Roles.

To request an evaluation, consultation, or instruction in areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC):

Requests can be submitted by school district staff, parents, guardians, vision professionals or other service providers. Consultants work in conjunction with Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and/or Orientation and Mobility instructors (O&M). The TVI and/or O&M will be contacted following submission of an Outreach Service Request Form.

If your child currently receives services from a TVI and/or O&M, they will be contacted upon receipt of the request.  Prior to receiving services, or receiving /sharing any applicable student records, Outreach must receive a signed Outreach Records Consent form from the student's legal guardian, as per the Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act (FERPA). Further information about student rights under FERPA can be found here: Notification of Rights Under FERPA

Steps for Receiving Services from the WCBVI Outreach Team

  1. Submit an Outreach Service Request Form, which will include the Outreach Records Consent
  2. After submitting this form, you will be contacted within two business days by an Outreach team member. At that time, we will be happy to provide you with program details and to assist you with registration paperwork.
  3. After all of the completed paperwork has been received by WCBVI, you will be contacted by the consultant to schedule the visit
  4. Following the consultant’s visit, if a report is requested, please allow 14 business days for completion and mailing

Please note: It is the responsibility of the TVI or O&M to notify the student’s family and building principal of the WCBVI team member’s visit. If you would like  WCBVI Outreach Director, Dawn Soto, to contact your Special Education/Pupil Services Director/Principal in the student’s school district, please contact her at 608-758-6145 or dawn.soto@wcbvi.k12.wi.us.