Vision Services for Children

An Integral Part of the School Team.

Children who are blind or have low vision need specific educational accommodations due to their sensory impairment and require individualized instruction to compensate for the absence of visual learning. The Carroll Center for the Blind’s qualified and experienced Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVIs), Rehabilitation Teachers (VRTs) and Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists (COMS) provide assessment, direct instruction, and consultation for school-age children.

Direct Instruction & Consultation

Our staff assist school teams in addressing the educational, social-emotional and developmental needs of students with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities, according to Department of Education guidelines. We help ensure that every student with visual impairments has access to both the general and expanded core curricula.

Assessments

The Carroll Center’s vision professionals conduct Functional Vision (FVA), Learning Media (LMA), Assistive Technology, Orientation & Mobility, Braille and other specialized assessments to identify the most appropriate services, strategies, tools and modifications for each student’s educational program.

Braille Tutoring

In half-hour to one-hour increments, qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) tutor your child in 1 on 1 Braille instruction. Categories of emphasis include reading comprehension, spelling, chart & graph reading, proofreading and speed & accuracy. Practicing for each category enables students to refine their braille skills.

AIM Library

The Massachusetts Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Library acquires, maintains and circulates accessible textbooks and specialized educational materials to assist Local Education Agencies (LEA) and Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) in providing equal access to all areas of the curriculum and to support and improve the quality of education for K-12 students who are blind or visually impaired.

The AIM Library is a contracted service through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), managed by the Carroll Center for the Blind, and is located off campus at the Pappas Rehabilitation Center in Canton, MA.

The AIM Library is an optional resource for Districts to obtain Braille, large print and tangible aids to eligible school-aged children in Massachusetts as required by their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or plans developed under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504 Plans). 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.

Through the Carroll Center for the Blind, AIM is able to offer the following resources for loan:

  • Pre-braille literacy tools
  • Braille writers
  • Tactile maps
  • Math manipulatives
  • Assessments kits
  • Adaptive sports materials
  • Accessible textbooks

All paperwork and requests for materials must be submitted through a Licensed Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and the materials are provided on a lending library basis. The library is also the designated agency responsible for the American Printing House for the Blind Federal Quota Program and registers and maintains the eligible students’ census for Quota Funds.

Contact the AIM Library

Carrie Brasier, Library Director
3 Randolph Street
Canton, MA 02021
Telephone: (781) 562-0461
Fax: (781) 562-0463
Email: cbrasier@aimlibrary.org

AIM Library website