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Allegheny Intermediate Unit: Special Education Division, Blind and Visually Impaired Support Program - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Allegheny Intermediate Unit: Special Education Division, Blind and Visually Impaired Support Program
475 East Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120
(412) 394-4538 (Local)
(412) 851-1057 (Fax)
jeanine.esch@aiu3.net
http://www.aiu3.net/vision

Brief Description

The AIU Blind/Visually Impaired Support Program provides specially designed instruction to students whose visual impairment adversely affects their educational performance. Teaching activities, including orientation and mobility instruction, and Braille instruction, focus on the acquisition of specific competencies from the Expanded Core Curriculum including: compensatory or functional academic skills, including communication modes, orientation and mobility, social interaction skills, independent living skills, recreation and leisure skills, career education, use of assistive technology, and visual efficiency skills. These skills aid the student in compensating for vision loss. Specialized materials, technical assistance, technology support, assessment, acquisition, and training in the use of assistive devices for the visually impaired are provided. These enhance the student's opportunities for academic success in an inclusive educational program.

The AIU Blind/Visually Impaired Support Program offers a variety of specialized services to school districts. These services include: Utilization of Low Vision; Keyboarding and Handwriting; Listening Skills; Braille Instruction; Assistive Technology; Vocational Planning; Orientation and Mobility; Procurement and preparation of textbooks and other instructional materials in the appropriate medium. Supervisors are also available for consultations and to provide specialized professional development. All Teachers/Consultants in the Blind/Visually Impaired Support Program are certificated by the State of Pennsylvania in the education of Students with Visual Impairments. Professional development opportunities are provided, as well as, student teaching opportunities.

Geographic area served: 42 school districts in Allegheny County.

Staff

Jeanine Esch, Director-Hearing, Vision, and Communication Access Programs, (412) 394-4538, jeanine.esch@aiu3.net
Anne Krieger, Administrative Support, (412) 394-7364, anne.krieger@aiu3.net

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides functional vision evaluation and orientation and mobility evaluation.

      Provides psychological assessments of ability, achievement and social and emotional status for students ages 3 to 21 years.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction to students with visual impairments in Allegheny County.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers specialized materials, technical assistance, technology support, assessment, acquisition, and training in the use of assistive devices for the visually impaired.
  • Counseling
    • The Pupil Personnel Services Program offers specialized psychiatric, psychological and social work services to supplement and enhance school district support services to students. Occupational and physical therapy services are also provided to school districts.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Provides in-depth assessment and early intervention services through the Early Childhood and Family Support Services/DART (discover, assessment, referral, and tracking) program.
  • Education Services
    • Provides specially designed instruction to students whose visual impairment adversely affects their educational performance.

      Works in partnership with the school districts in the Allegheny Intermediate Unit area to provide direct services for students with special needs in the form of classroom and itinerant teachers, three support centers, psychologists, clinicians, and supervisors. Provides specially designed instruction to students whose visual impairment adversely affects their educational performance. Teaching activities, including orientation and mobility instruction, focus on the acquisition of specific competencies which aid the student in compensating for vision loss.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • The Career Development program provides coordinated transition services for youth, ages 6 to 21, with disabilities. The services are available for students attending public school districts or an AIU center.

      Provides unified and coordinated transition services for youths with disabilities through a county service delivery system, with the objective of assisting them in realizing their goals for independent living, training, and careers.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Offers services to preschoolers with special needs and their families in a variety of settings, including homes, day care or preschool centers, and Head Start programs.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility instruction.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Consults and collaborates with regular classroom teachers, agencies, and parents.
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