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Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8

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Services available through the Visually Impaired Support Program include the following:
  • In-home intervention for infants and preschoolers and their families
  • Parent training and support
  • Individualized instruction in the use of Braille, adapted materials and assistive devices
  • Consultation with school personnel about visual impairment, assistive technology, and environmental/curricular adaptations
  • Assistance to school nurses with vision screening of preschoolers and children with multiple disabilities
  • Functional Vision Assessments, Learning Media Assessments, and Assistive Technology Evaluations for students identified as visually impaired
  • Orientation and Mobility evaluation and instruction by certified instructors for students who are blind
  • School-to-adult life transition services
  • Instruction and support in the expanded core curriculum including independent living skills, recreation and leisure skills, career education, self-determination and compensatory or functional academic skills including communication modes

To refer a student with a visual impairment for Visually Impaired Support services:

  • Complete a Vision Impaired Support Referral Form
  • Attach documentation of visual impairment from an optometrist and/or ophthalmologist (eye specialist)

Mail to:

Visually Impaired Support Program
Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8
609 Georgian Place
Somerset, PA 15501


Barbara Cassel
Supervisor/Educational Consultant
(814) 445-9734 ext. 5302
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