Blind/Low Vision Resource Program
Staff from the Resource Services Department at the W. Ross Macdonald School visit students who are blind/visually impaired and students with a vision loss and additional exceptionalities, who attend a local school board program in Ontario. These visits are provided at no charge and are made upon a written request by school personnel to the Blind/Low Vision Resource Program.
Our consultants are specialists in the field of blindness and low vision. Their experience and training has qualified them to address the needs of students with vision loss where specialized methods and techniques are necessary for learning and development.
Educational Consultants provide functional vision assessments of students, interpretation of medical reports regarding vision, learning media assessments, assistive devices assessments to determine eligibility for the Ontario Ministry of Education Grants for Special Needs, Special Equipment Amount (SEA).
In addition, we provide Orientation and Mobility consultation and needs, programming suggestions for visual needs, learning media needs and special equipment needs.
Other services to School Boards include presentations and workshops to provide information about the educational implications of visual impairment and the coordination of professional development at the W, Ross Macdonald School for teachers, consultants and other professionals serving students who have a vision loss in Board settings.