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Visual Impairment including Blindness

Definition: A child with a Visual Impairment, including Blindness shall have a deficiency in visual acuity and/or visual field and/or visual functioning where, even with the use of lenses or corrective devices, he/she is prevented from receiving reasonable educational benefit from general education.

Children and youth with visual impairment, including blindness in Colorado have access to a range of services for their education and social support. The majority of students with visual impairment, including blindness attend a public school in Colorado. Close to 60 students are served at the Colorado School for the Blind, which is located on the campus of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind in Colorado Springs. Almost every Colorado administrative unit has employed or has contract access to a teacher of students with visual impairment (TVI) and a certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. These individuals work with other educational team members to ensure that the students with visual impairment, including blindness have access to the general education curriculum and the related services that are identified on their Individualized Education Programs.


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2016 CDE Conference on Blindness/Visual Impairment

Nuts and Bolts: Learning Media Assessments and Activity Based Portfolios

This training will be held in Denver on September 29-October 1, 2016. For more information, contact Dr. Tanni Anthony

Thursday, September 29, 2016: State of the State - Resource Night Handouts

Friday, September 30, 2016: Presentation by Dr. Cay Holbrook and Dr. Penny Rosenblum.  Please note that the internet will not be available in the training room for onsite download.  Handouts to download, print, and/or emboss ahead of this training.

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Presentation by Rachel Schles - Handouts to print, download, and/or emboss for this training are as follows:


State Eligibility and Demographic Information in Colorado

House Bill 11-1277, which was passed in May 2011, made several conforming amendments in the Exceptional Children's Education Act (ECEA) to align with federal terms and requirements and/or terminology used in the field. The changes to the Colorado eligibility categories and their eligibility criteria were approved by the Colorado State Board of Education and finalized in the Rules for the Administration of the Exceptional Children's Act in October 2012.  The eligibility criteria for Visual Impairment, Including Blindness is now in full implementation.

Definition and Eligibility Criteria

Visual Impairment, Including Blindness

Demographics of Students with Visual Impairment, Including Blindness

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For more information on Visual Impairment including Blindness, please contact:

Tanni Anthony
Phone: 303-866-6681

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