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Wyoming Department of Education: Vision Outreach Services - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Wyoming Department of Education: Vision Outreach Services
320 W. Main
Riverton, WY 82501
(307) 856-5652 (Local)
(307) 857-9257 (Fax)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Number of staff: 11
Staff description: 5 consultants, 1 director, 5 administrative assistants
Geographic area served: Wyoming


1201 E 7th
Powell, WY 82435

320 W. Main Street
Riverton, WY 82501

2161 Coffeen Avenue, Suite 603
Sheridan, WY 82801

539 South Payne Avenue
Casper, WY 82609

Carbon Building
Room 325
Rawlins, WY 82301

Hathaway Building
Room 129
Cheyenne, WY 82002


Leslie Bechtel Van Orman, Supervisor for Services for the Visually Impaired, (307) 856-5652,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • The Wyoming First Step Diagnostic Clinic provides infants and youth who have disabilities with medical evaluations and educational assessments during a one-day clinic. The clinic is held two times each year in Lander, Wyoming. The staff includes doctors, teachers, therapists and other professionals who help to diagnose, answer questions and offer recommendations for children with special needs.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides instruction in reading and writing braille, keyboarding and use of adaptive technology.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides instruction in independent living and adaptive techniques.
  • Education Services
    • Provides instruction in developmental areas, orientation and mobility and other instruction, and distributes talking book machines and other adaptive equipment.
  • Information and Referral
    • Disseminates information, including best practices in the field of visual impairments, and referral services to other agencies.
  • Library Services
    • The Loan Library provides videos and books on deaf-blindness, visual impairments, braille, life skills, communication, adjusting to loss of vision, eye conditions, mobility, and much more. Materials are available to agencies, educators, families or clients in Wyoming and is coordinated by Joanne Whitson in the Rawlins SVI office as part of the Wyoming Deaf-Blind Project.
  • Recreation Services
    • Holds a statewide gathering takes place two times a year and is a unique opportunity for children who have visual impairments, their families and teachers to get together for a day of fun, learning and sharing. The day is typically filled with recreation, games, educational opportunities, and time for discussion.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • The Summer School for the Visually Impaired is held at the Allen H. Stewart Lions Camp on Casper Mountain. Separate weeklong sessions are held for youth and adults. The following classes are offered: computers, adaptive daily living, braille, music, orientation and mobility, issues of visual impairment, and craft and hobby classes. In addition, the Summer School provides a wonderful opportunity to meet other individuals who have visual impairments and develop a higher level of independence.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Assists clients to become oriented to their environment.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Offers consultation services to the client, client’s family, service providers, and agencies and businesses.
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