Making the environment accessible for students who are blind or visually impaired is a primary goal for Vision Outreach staff members working with local school districts.Orientation & Mobility Training (O&M)
Vision Outreach Services helps students adjust to their surroundings through orientation and mobility training. O&M skills are essential to a students’ independence at home, at school and in the community.
Vision Outreach Services’ team of certified O&M specialists visit and train students who are blind or visually impaired in their home or school at no cost to families. With the goal of attaining mobile independence, they help students, ages birth to 21, learn how to move about their surroundings safely, efficiently and successfully.O&M skills training includes the learning and use of:
Long canes, known as white canes,
Access technology tools, such as GPS devices,
Monoculars and other specialized low-vision aids.
Access TechnologyStudents who are blind or visually impaired are taught to use access technology to give them the ability to use computers and other tools to achieve classroom success and gain life-long independence skills.
Examples of access technology include screen reader software, refreshable braille displays and keyboards, braille translation software, text enlargement software, GPS devices and portable scanning devices.Braille and Large Print MaterialsLocated in Spartanburg, the SC Instructional Resource Center serves as the state’s resource for braille and large print textbooks for students who are blind or visually impaired.
Special education directors and teachers from school districts across the state request hundreds of braille and large print textbooks for their students each year. The Instructional Resource Center’s staff works diligently with school districts to ensure that students have the materials they need for academic success.The Instructional Resource Center is managed by the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind in partnership with the SC Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children.