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Memphis City Schools: Colonial Visually Limited Center - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Memphis City Schools: Colonial Visually Limited Center
1360 Colonial Road
Annex B
Memphis, TN 38117
(901) 761-8960 (Local)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00AM-4:00PM
Geographic area served: Memphis.


Clara Tate, Supervisor,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • The Vision Program screens over 40,000 students enrolled in Memphis City Schools and Private Schools. Information regarding screening dates may be found in local schools, newspapers, online, and on radio and television stations.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • The Memphis City Schools has three elementary level resource rooms for children with visual impairments. These rooms provide intensive daily intervention for students who have specialized visual needs. The support services are provided in addition to the regular classroom program. Resource rooms are located at Dunn Elementary, Georgia Avenue Elementary, and Treadwell Elementary.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Screens over 40,000 students enrolled in Memphis City Schools and private Schools.
  • Counseling
    • Offers counseling for parents.
  • Education Services
    • Twelve Itinerant teachers serve the needs of children with visual impairments throughout the Memphis City School District. These students attend their legal schools and participate in regular and special classes according to their individual needs. Itinerant teachers provide specialized instruction to the students and consultation/support to classroom teachers. A wide array of services is available through the Itinerant program, including adapted materials (large print, braille and/or audio textbooks, etc.) that allow these children with visual impairments to compete with their sighted peers.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Pre-School Program for students aged three through six years old if offered at Hanley Elementary. Young students in this program are prepared for entry into the regular school program through educational and fun learning experiences.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Two Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Instructors provide travel training for students throughout the District. Instruction includes concept development and exposure to a variety of experiences in independent travel. These services are provided to blind and visually impaired students by qualified personnel to enable those students to attain systematic orientation to and safe movement within their environments.
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