What We Do:

The ESU 7 Vision Team provides resources, services, and support in preparing children/youth, ages birth to 21, who have a visual impairment for success in life through collaboration with schools, families, and community agencies. Vision services are available for students experiencing vision problems. Certified vision personnel provide evaluation, consultation, and intervention for these children. This assistance may include the use of adaptive equipment, assistive technology, instruction in Braille, orientation and mobility, and other skills for accessing the general curriculum, and acquire Adapted Core Curriculum skills specific to individuals with vision impairments.

Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI)

A teacher of students with visual impairment (TVI) is a team member for all learners with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities and deafblindness.

Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Orientation and Mobility (O&M)

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) specialists help people who are blind or visually impaired to develop the skills necessary for independent and safe travel within their homes, workplaces and communities. 

Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS)


A braillist transcribes education materials from print to braille. Transcribing print into braille requires the skills and knowledge of the braille code. *The role of the braille transcriber is to:

  • Determine the most accurate way to present information from printed text and transcribe it into braille.
  • Proofread and perform quality control checks.
  • Be fluent in the UEB braille code as well as Nemeth and possibly music and foreign language.
  • Be knowledgeable in the use of braille translation software, and know how to import and process publishers' electronic files. 

Expanded Core Curriculum

The term expanded core curriculum (ECC) is used to define concepts and skills that often require specialized instruction with students who are blind or visually impaired in order to compensate for decreased opportunities to learn incidentally by observing others. 

Understanding the Expanded Core Curriculum

Making a Referral

If you would like to make a referral to determine how a student's vision may be impacting their learning, please use the following link along with sending a recent report from a certified eye specialist. 

Vision Referral Form

Hands reading braille
Student with cane
Perkins Brailler Machine
Elissa Heibel
Elissa Heibel
Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Ext. 1063
Kris Johnson
Kris Johnson
Vision / Brailist
Ext. 1064
Kaise Recek
Kaise Recek
Orientation Mobility Specialist
Ext. 1064