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Department of Education Student Support Services - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Department of Education Student Support Services
PO Box 8700
St. John's, NL A1B 4J6
(709) 729-0709 (Local)
(709) 729-2096 (Fax)

Brief Description

Maintains ten regional board offices.

Hours of operation: School year.
Staff description: 1 consultant for students who are blind/visually impaired placed within the Department of Education, 14 additional itinerant teachers placed in 10 provincial school districts.
Geographic area served: Newfoundland and Labrador.
Publications: Programming for Individual Needs: Teaching Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, Using Technology to Enhance Student's Differing Abilities, Programming for Individual Needs: Physical Disabilities.


Darlene Fewer-Jackson, Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Blind-Visually Impaired,
Bernie Ottenheimer, Director,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides assessments for preschool and school-age students with special needs in conjunction with school district personnel.
  • Education Services
    • Monitors provision of educational services to children and youths with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information about visual impairment and/or referral to Atlantic Provinces Resource Center for the Visually Impaired.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Services are offered in child's home.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Consultation and technical assistance/information available to school district personnel.
  • Professional Training
    • In-service training offered within the school districts.
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