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Capital Area Intermediate Unit: Blind and Visually Impaired Services - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Capital Area Intermediate Unit: Blind and Visually Impaired Services
55 Miller Street
Enola, PA 17025
(717) 732-8400 (Local)
(717) 732-8425 (Fax)
(717) 732-8422 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

The CAIU employs 7 Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI), three of whom are also dually certified as Orientation and Mobility Specialists. The staff serves 200-230 students each year with an annual average of 70 additional students assessed for service.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 AM-4:15 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 150
Number of staff: 7
Staff description: Staff comprised of certified teachers of the visually impaired and certified orientation & mobility specialists who provide services to identified students ages 3 - 21.
Geographic area served: Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, northern York Counties.
Publications: Brochures and newsletters.


Ann Bailets, Supervisor, Special Education, (717) 732-8400 8614,
Mary Jane Gales, Executive Director, (717) 732-8400 8488,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Assessment of individual student needs, including:
      • Annual changes in curricular and learning media needs
      • Assessment for appropriate technology devices, including
      • Braille output, voice output, large print magnification, audio, adapted software for print, computer output and internet accessibility
      • Temporary loan of recommended technology and/or software
      • Physical education and other movement activities
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides instruction in braille reading and writing with integration of braille into the curriculum using the appropriate braille code, including literary, math, music, foreign language, and computer.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Assist districts in managing services for students with visual impairments.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers instruction with recommended technology and/or adapted software and provides unique classroom supplies and equipment for short-term use.
  • Counseling
    • Services provided as needed.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides instruction in daily living, leisure, and self-advocacy skills.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Provides early intervention services.
  • Education Services
    • Provides instruction in all developmental areas, specialized curriculum.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Transition services available.
  • Information and Referral
    • Refers to other agencies, optometrists, ophthalmologists.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Provides a wide array of programs and services for children from their third birthday until entry into school. Services for children during the preschool years are provided without cost to their families when the child is determined to meet eligibility requirements.
  • Support for Parents
    • Provides printed assistance materials packet.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Certified O&M Specialists available to assess and provide direct service to identified students of any age.
      Assessment and service can address concept development related to travel skills in various environments, cane use, low vision devices, movement needs, transportation skills, and skills toward adult independence.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Assist districts in managing services for students with visual impairments.
  • Professional Training
    • Professional development services provided throughout the year.
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