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    Vision Services in Seattle Public Schools

    In Seattle Public Schools, Vision Services are available to students in their neighborhood or assignment school. Services for students who are Visually Impaired are provided on an itinerant basis. Itinerant services include Orientation and Mobility (O & M) and Vision Services, including instruction in Braille.

    As an option for students who need Vision Services, Lowell Elementary School (serving children, ages 3 years old to 5th grade) and Washington Middle School (serving students in 6th-8th grade) are site-based, District-wide centers.

    Vision Services use the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), which teaches the body of knowledge and skills that are needed by students with visual impairments due to their unique disability-specific needs. The ECC supplements the core academic curriculum of general education (language arts, math, health, science, etc.) and is also a framework for assessing students, planning goals, and providing instruction. The Expanded Core Curriculum teaches:

    • Compensatory or functional academic skills
    • Orientation and mobility
    • Social interaction skills
    • Recreation and leisure skills
    • Career education
    • Use of assistive technology
    • Visual efficiency skills