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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  For questions, contact Jennie Mascheck, Coordinator, Outreach Services at or (314) 776-4320, extension 1250.