What does a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) do?
TVI's are charged with teaching the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). The ECC areas are: assistive technology, orientation and mobility, social skills, independent living skills, compensatory access, recreation and leisure activities, career education, sensory efficiency, and self-determination. These areas are considered important for a student to grow into a productive and well-rounded member of society. Many times, we learn skills in the ECC through vision as we go through life, incidentally. Children with visual impairments, however, may miss out on important concepts about how the world works. That is where the TVI comes in, to fill the gaps!