ERIC Number: ED380933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan-30
A National Inservice Training Model for Training Early Interventionists in a Low Incidence Disabling Condition: Visual Impairment. Project VIISA Final Report.
Morgan, Elizabeth C.
The VIISA (Vision Impaired In-Service in America) training model provided early intervention/childhood professionals with training that would help them better serve preschoolers, ages birth to five, with blindness and visual impairment. Materials and procedures for two courses were developed and taught to 344 participants in 9 states over a 3-year period. The first course focused on working with infants and toddlers in home-based programs and the second course focused on working with children ages 3 to 5 and their families in center-based preschool settings. Each course was taught over an 11 to 13 week period and consisted of: (1) an initial onsite classroom teaching at a central location; (2) homestudy units, with readings and written assignments to be mailed to the instructor, some involving observations and hands-on minipracticum experiences; (3) a 3-hour class involving videotaped material and a conference call between instructor and students located at regional sites; and (4) a final onsite class. Through the courses, participants became acquainted with specialized learning needs, curricula, teaching strategies, assessment tools, and learning materials. Near the end of the project, staff trained local instructors and assisted seven states in setting up the inservice training model using their own state instructors. This final report describes objectives, conceptual framework, activities, evaluation findings, and future activities. Appendices contain materials from the courses' training guides and program evaluation questionnaires. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Dept. of Communicative Disorders.
Note: A product of SKI-HI Institute.