Welcoming Students with Visual Impairment to Your School


This workshop is for general and special education teachers, related service providers, and paraprofessionals who are or will be providing services to students  with visual impairments who  may have additional disabilities.


Topics will include an overview for teachers and paraprofessionals of the abilities and needs of a student with visual impairment and who may additional disabilities and begin to help them to develop their own accommodations to meet the needs of individual students who attend their school.  Additional topics will include orientation and mobility and social skills.


Registration Form


Where: Missouri School for the Blind (MSB)

            3815 Magnolia Ave.

            St. Louis, Missouri 63110

When:  September 19, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

How:    Complete the registration form found on the MSB Web site and  return it by email, mail, or fax to Jane Herder at jane.herder@msb.dese.mo.gov by September 12, 2018.


If you have further questions or need additional information, please contact Jane at 314-633-1582 or via email.

Hand In Hand:

Understanding Deafblindness for Education Teams of Students Who Are Deafblind

This course, totaling seven days throughout the academic year, provides instruction on the theory and practice for the education of students with deafblindness.


Session I: November 7-9, 2018

Session II:  January 24 & 25, 2019

Session III: April 4-5, 2019


8:30 am – 4:00 pm



Nixa, MO


    Megan Burgess, Deafblind Project coordinator
     Missouri Deafblind Technical Assistance Project
     Missouri School for the Blind
     3815 Magnolia Avenue
     St. Louis, MO 63110
     (314) 633-1587 or megan.burgess@msb.dese.mo.gov


VIISA Course II: Serving Preschoolers with Vision Impairment in Center-Based Settings

Applications are now being accepted for the course Serving Preschoolers with Vision Impairment in Center-Based Settings. Please note application deadline of 10/5/2018.

The purpose of this course is for participants to gain and develop skills in understanding the unique needs of preschoolers who are blind or visually impaired in the center-based setting. The focus will be on working with these children in the preschool setting as well as in collaboration with the family and other members of the service delivery team. Transitioning from the preschool to the elementary school setting will also be addressed. The students will gain knowledge and skills in observation, assessment, the IEP process, intervention techniques, use of appropriate methods, curricula and materials in teaching skills in all developmental domains, developing the use of all senses, meeting the child's needs in the group setting, socialization, school readiness, early literacy and orientation and mobility.


  • November 7-9, 2018
  • March 20-22, 2019


Chesterfield, MO

Contact Jane at 314-633-1582 or via email.

Unified English Braille Code

To find more information on Unified English Braille Code, please visit http://www.brailleauthority.org/ueb.html


Coursework Leading to Certification as Teacher of the Visually Impaired: The Envision Program

To learn more about the Visually Impaired Program, please visit the website at:

Training and Certification (undergraduate and graduate)

  • Boston College (deafblindness)
  • California State University, Los Angeles (VI, O&M)
  • California State University, Northridge (deafblindness)
  • Columbia University (deafblindness)
  • Dominican College (VI)
  • Eastern Michigan University (VI)
  • Florida State University (VI, O&M)
  • Hunter College of the City University of New York (deafblindness, VI, O&M)
  • Illinois State University (VI)
  • State University (VI)
  • Massey University at Albany (O&M)
  • Missouri State University (VI, O&M)
  • Mohawk College (O&M)
  • North Carolina Central University (deafblindness, VI, O&M)
  • Northern Illinois University (VI, O&M)
  • Ohio State University (VI)
  • Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University (VI)
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry (VI)
  • Portland State University (VI)
  • San Diego State University (deafblindness)
  • San Francisco State University (VI, O&M)
  • South Carolina State University (O&M)
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (VI, O&M)
  • Teachers College, Columbia University (VI)
  • Texas Tech University (deafblindness, VI, O&M)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (deafblindness, VI)
  • University of Arizona (deafblindness, VI)
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (VI, O&M)
  • University of Kansas (deafblindness)
  • University of Louisville (VI)
  • University of Massachusetts at Boston (VI)
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln (VI)
  • University of Northern Colorado (VI)
  • University of North Dakota (VI)
  • University of Northern Iowa (VI)
  • University of Pittsburgh (VI, O&M)
  • University of Toledo (VI)
  • Western Michigan University (VI, O&M)