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Blind/Visually Impaired Information


What is a vision impairment?

Visual Impairment means a visual impairment that, even with correction, adversely affects a child's educational performance. The term includes those children who are partially sighted or blind.

Purpose of Regional Programs

The children, birth-to-21, who as a result of their low-incidence disability require specialized services, are eligible for support from the Regional Programs. Regional Programs work in collaboration with Local School Districts, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) programs, Families, and Community Agencies to provide specialized educational support for children with a blind/visual impairment.

Blind/Visually Impaired Regional Program Services:


Summer Enrichments for Blind/Visually Impaired Students
The Blind and Visually Impaired Student fund (BVIS) was created by the Oregon legislature when it closed the Oregon School for the Blind (OSB) September 1, 2009. It provides services for those former OSB students and continues the mission to service students who are visually impaired in the state.
Accessible Instructional Materials 
Program Information and Resources

America Foundation for the Blind 
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for the more than 25 million people with vision loss in the U.S.

American Printing House for the Blind  
The American Printing House for the Blind promotes independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life.

Expanded Core Curriculum for Blind and Visually Impaired Students, Including Those with Additional Disabilities 
The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) is the body of knowledge and skills that are needed by students with visual impairments due to their unique disability-specific needs.

Oregon Commission for the Blind  
For over 50 years, the Oregon Commission for the Blind has been an important resource for Oregonians who are blind or visually impaired, as well as their families, friends, and employers.

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