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Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired
4210 West Bay Villa Avenue
Tampa, FL 33611-1206
(813) 837-7826 (Local)
(813) 837-7979 (Fax)
(800) 282-9193 (Toll-Free)
http://www.fimcvi.org

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 AM-4:15 PM.
Geographic area served: State of Florida.
Publications: The Visual Field (newsletter), FIMC-VI Procedures Manual and various resource publications.

Staff

Suzanne Dalton, Supervisor, sdalton@fimcvi.org

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Education Services
    • Serves as instructional materials center. Coordinates procurement, storage, and distribution of educational materials for students with visual disabilities.

      Provides large print, braille, and recorded textbooks and supplementary materials and equipment such as braillewriters, adapted cassette recorders and digital playback machines, and other specialized equipment for students who are blind or visually impaired in the state of Florida.
  • Support for Parents
    • Florida's parents are invited to attend any FIMC-VI sponsored workshop or Weekend with the Experts. To be included in the mailing list, please contact Kay Ratzlaff at kratzlaff@fimcvi.org or call 800-282-9193.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Coordinates regional training and new teacher orientation meetings for personnel who work with blind and visually impaired students. Contact the Coordinator of Instructional Resources. Provides training in materials production, technological applications and instructional strategies for students with visual impairments. Provides assistance and consultative support to local school districts, teachers of visually impaired students and other parents and/or professionals.
  • Professional Training
    • FIMC-VI offers training and on-site technical assistance in the assessment/evaluation of children with visual impairments in the State of Florida; sponsors workshops and ongoing professional development in the use of technology for access to the school environment in the State of Florida; offers workshops, professional development, and on-site technical assistance in various topics related to the educational needs of students with visual impairments in the State of Florida. For 28 years FIMC-VI has sponsored Weekends with the Experts, a two-day seminar dedicated to disability-specific topics, for Florida's teachers of the visually impaired, agency personnel, university students, families, or others. To be included in the mailing list, please contact Kay Ratzlaff at kratzlaff@fimcvi.org or call 800-282-9193.
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