Children with visual impairments typically attend school in their local communities alongside their sighted peers; however, they often encounter unique challenges that can limit their education and personal development.
To support them in their schools, Carroll Center Educational Professionals offer education for the blind, providing assessment, instruction, consultation and adapted materials to insure appropriate access to all academic and expanded core curriculum (ECC) areas. We offer comprehensive education for the blind for children between the ages of 3 and 21 years.
Instruction in compensatory skills and adaptive techniques including Braille, travel training, low vision devices, assistive technology, organization skills and alternative communication are provided by Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Orientation and Mobility Instructions, Rehabilitation Teachers and Technology Consultants.
As part of our education for the blind program, we also offer textbooks in accessible formats and instructional materials can be acquired through the Carroll Center’s Massachusetts Accessible Instructional Materials Library.
Chances are, you may have questions about living with blindness or low vision, if so, we are here to answer your questions.
Opportunities to socialize with other blind students, to participate in recreational activities, and to become more confident and independent are available through weekend and vacation CarrollKids Programs throughout New England.
Functional Vision (FVE), Learning Media (LMA), Assistive Technology, Orientation & Mobility, Braille and other specialized assessments will identify the most appropriate services, strategies, tools and adaptations required by students to be fully included in their educational programs.
Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Support in the Schools
Special Education itinerant services are provided by a multi-disciplinary network of consultants in the education of students with visual impairment or blindness. Our primary purpose is to make available “necessary and appropriate” services to school-age children who are experiencing visual difficulties, as well as to provide information and support to families and to other professionals in education and related fields. Specialized instruction in disability-specific compensatory skills and adaptive techniques is provided by qualified and experienced instructors, including orientation and mobility, personal management, and alternative communication skills.
Education for the blind & visually impaired services include:
- Itinerant programs for school-age students ages 3 to 21
- CarrollKids/CarrollTeens Independent Learning Programs
- School Consultations
- Braille Production
- Workshops for Paraprofessionals
Contact Karen S. Ross, PhD, Director of Educational Services at 1.800.852.3131 ext. 237 for information regarding available programs for your child or student.
Assistive Technology Services
The Carroll Center’s Assistive Technology Educational Services offer a variety of programs which promote independence through technology for students with visual impairments. Experienced staff with extensive knowledge in all types of assistive technology provide a team approach to technology assessment, planning, training, and consultation.
For listing of services
Massachusetts Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Library
Established in 1964, AIM acquires, maintains and distributes specialized instructional materials to assist school districts and educators to provide visually impaired students with an appropriate education and equal access to the general curriculum. It has been managed by the Carroll Center since 1995 and is located off campus at the Mass Hospital School in Canton, MA.
AIM serves as an additional resource for school districts seeking to borrow materials on a per school year basis. AIM is not equipped to respond to all of the needs of the Commonwealth’s students with visual impairments. Therefore, school districts cannot rely upon AIM solely to meet their obligations to provide any and all specialized materials deemed essential for student learning and that are identified in the students IEP.
Through the Carroll Center for the Blind, AIM is able to offer the following resources for loan: Braille writers, tape recorders, slate and styluses, pre-braille and literacy kits, tactile tools, raised lined maps, standardized tests, some assessment tools, and other materials provided by Federal Quota Funds through the American Printing House for the Blind. In addition to these services, AIM can refer districts to specialized sources nationally to purchase materials not in the library’s possession. To the extent possible, the Department of Education, through AIM, will respond to a limited number of requests for large print and Braille textbooks. However, since resources in this area are very limited, public school districts are encouraged to use local resources for transcription and enlargement of textbooks in order to facilitate access to these materials for the students in their district.
Contact the AIM Library
The following programs offer children and youth amazing opportunities for recreational activities: