Services for Students Identified as Hearing or
Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) provides information on services for
students with hearing and/or vision impairments at its Web site. The following links to information and
resources are excerpted from the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Web
VDOE’s guidance documents should be provided to teachers and parents of
these students. School divisions have permission to provide paper copies as
well as alternate formats.
Other specific resources that should be
available to teachers and parents include the following:
for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) http://www.vsdb.k12.va.us/ - The
VSDB is located in Staunton, Virginia and provides a day program and outreach
services, as well as a residential setting exclusively to students who are deaf,
have a hearing impairment, blind, or have a vision impairment, and who are
admission policy is available at the above Web site.
Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) http://www.vddhh.org/ - The
VDDHH provides standards for educational interpreting services and other
services to reduce the communication barriers between persons who are deaf or
hard of hearing and their families and the professionals who serve them.
Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
(DBVI) http://www.vdbvi.org/ - DBVI’s primary focus is to assist Virginians who
are blind in achieving quality employment outcomes. Vocational evaluation, job
training, job development, placement, follow-up and other services are provided
to assist consumers in obtaining jobs in the public and private sectors. DBVI’s education services program provides
services to early intervention providers, school personnel, and families to
help children to be successful in school and the community, and to prepare for
the future. The Virginia
Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired offers training in the skills of blindness to blind
and vision-impaired Virginians and encourages people to develop positive
attitudes about blindness. The Library and Resource
Center provides services to local school divisions to support the education
of children who are blind or visually impaired.
Library services are also offered to persons who are print disabled.
Virginia Project for Children and Young
Adults With Deaf-Blindness - This office provides technical
assistance, training, distance education and networking information to
families, service providers and individuals who are deaf-blind/dual sensory
Assistance Center for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing - This center provides training and technical
assistance in the area of hearing impairment and deafness. Assistance is
available to local public school systems as well as early intervention and
preschool programs through the Virginia Network of Consultants for
Professionals Working with Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (VNOC).
Instructional Materials Center-VA (AIM-VA) - AIM-VA’s extensive library
has developed an alternative system of providing accessible educational media
under standards set by federal law (NIMAS) to students who meet the federal
requirements for print disabilities and who are eligible for accessing
educational media under individualized Education Programs (IEPs), as required
under Part B of IDEA. AIM-VA, in
conjunction with partnering agencies, provides required accessible educational
materials to students with an IEP and training for staff, at no cost to Local
Education Agencies in a timely fashion.
School Division Policy Regarding Service Dogs in Virginia's Public Schools
Teaching Mathematics to Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Memo #198-16: Implementation of Unified English Braille for Students Who Are
Blind Or Visually Impaired
Superintendent's Memo #198-16: Unified English Braille
Implementation Plan for Virginia Public Schools (PDF)
Braille Authority of North America - Information and
resources to promote and facilitate the use, teaching, and production of