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Subject: Course for Service Providers of Young Children with Vision Impairment

Source: Missouri School for the Blind

Intended Audience: Service Providers of Young Children with Vision Impairment

Date: September 17, 2012

Applications are now being accepted for the course Serving Preschoolers (3-5) with Vision Impairment in Center-based Settings, with a registration deadline of October 19, 2012.  Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree.  Enrollment is limited and priority will be given to early interventionists/early childhood special education personnel and vision teachers presently working with a preschooler who is visually impaired in an early intervention or preschool program.

The course covers topics related to the unique needs of young children (ages 3-5) with visual impairment, including: interaction with others (language, social skills, play); literacy issues; determining reading medium; daily living skills; family involvement; cognition and concept development; orientation and mobility (O&M); preschoolers with additional impairments; assessment and the IEP; and, choosing school placement and transition.  The course combines self-studies, homework assignments, and two face-to-face sessions with course instructors.  The course is free of charge to participants not wanting college credit.

Course dates:              

November 14 (half day), 15 & 16 (full days), 2012 March 6 (half day), 7 & 8 (full days), 2013

While the course is free, participants desiring college credit must pay the tuition to Lindenwood University.  For complete announcement text and application, go to http://msb.dese.mo.gov.  For questions, contact Jennie Mascheck, Coordinator, Outreach Services at jennie.mascheck@msb.dese.mo.gov or (314) 776-4320, extension 1250.