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Visual Disabilities

two babies with yellow ring toyInfants and toddlers with visual disabilities are automatically eligible for early intervention services in Virginia. The resources and information found here are intended to help practitioners learn more about supporting young children with visual disabilities and their families.


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Landing Pad | Archived Webinars | Articles & Handouts | Audio/Video | Online Learning | Websites & Programs


Landing Pad

Visual Disabilities Landing Pad PDF | HTML

*for best viewing experience we recommend pdf version

Archived Webinars

Talks on Tuesdays

Visual Impairments and the Effect on Development

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities

Presented by Lisa Auwarter

This webinar provides an overview of visual impairments in infants and toddlers, the effects of visual impairment on development, and strategies to support development. Click the link above to visit the 2013 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.



Articles & Handouts

Eye Terms and Definitions PDF

Lisa Auwarter, MSEd, Educational Coordinator, VDBVI

March 2013 Talks on Tuesdays Webinar

This handout includes a list of common terms and definitions that parents and practitioners might see on eye reports.

Family-Centered Practices for Infants and Toddlers with Visual Impairments (external website)
Division of Visual Impairment/Council of Exceptional Children
This position paper provides a comprehensive overview of developmental needs and recommended practices for supporting the development of young children with visual impairments.

Resources for Parents of Young Children with Visual Impairments PDF

Lisa Auwarter, MSEd, Educational Coordinator, VDBVI

March 2013 Talks on Tuesdays Webinar

This list includes links to organizations, references for books, manuals, and newsletters, listservs, blogs, and other family resources.




VA’s Early Screening Tool, Parts 1-4 – Video Series (external website)
VA Dept. for the Blind and Visually Impaired
These free videos discuss and demonstrate early vision screening and are available on the VDBVI’s YouTube channel. Transcripts of each video are also available at http://www.vdbvi.org/transcripts.htm (external website)



Online Learning

Virginia’s Part C Early Intervention Vision Screening Process (external website)

Dept. for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI)
This 5 part training series has been developed by the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to help identify possible vision problems (Parts 1 & 2) and to clarify the suggested methods in Virginia's Early Intervention Vision Screening process (Parts 3, 4 & 5). Use this training package to learn or review at your own pace.



Websites & Programs

Too Young For Glasses? (external website)
Donna Farrimond, MS – Vision Consultant and Education Specialist
Visit this site for strategies that families can use to help their infants and toddlers learn to wear prescription glasses. 





Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center