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ERIC Number: EJ1114533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
Expanding the Frontiers of Orientation and Mobility for Infants and Toddlers in New Mexico and Utah
Dewald, Hong Phangia; Faris, Cindy; Borg, Karen S.; Maner, Julie; Martinez-Cargo, Loreta; Carter, Mark
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v109 n6 p502-507 Nov-Dec 2015
Early intervention services provide very young children, typically aged birth to 3 years, and their families "early and appropriate learning experiences to facilitate the child's learning and development" in their natural environment. Teachers of students with visual impairments and certified orientation and mobility (O&M) specialists provide vision-related expertise to families and the early intervention team to address the vision needs of children. These services are integrated with other early intervention services as part of an individualized family service plan (IFSP). This report represents the perspectives of two states (New Mexico and Utah) that have recognized the need for specialized O&M services in their early intervention programs for young children with visual impairments. New Mexico, with a growing early intervention O&M program, has a successful history of providing these services throughout the state. Utah, with a long history of providing early intervention vision services, but relatively new to the challenge of early intervention O&M, and inspired by New Mexico's success, is striving to provide more support and training for these specialists to work with very young visually impaired children and their families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico; Utah
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