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Find a TVI Near Me – Illinois Edition

A creative TVI developed a product that could search for the 10 closest Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) or Developmental Therapists (DTV) in the state given an address lending this tool to help teams access support when working with students who have visual impairments.

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Introduction

The Find a TVI Near Me project came into existence late one night when I asked myself, “Who are the other TVIs near me?” I began searching and found that some Regional Offices of Education (ROEs) in central Illinois had an easy-to-access directory and others barely had an online presence. Digging around, I found this was similar to the rest of the state’s ROEs. decided right then and there to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) asking for the names and schools of anyone in the state who has a teaching license to do with blind education and call it a night, not knowing what this would eventually lead to.

A month and just about 100 hours of work later, I developed a product that could search for the 10 closest Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) or Developmental Therapists (DTV) in the state given an address. It can also see who has an O&M certification, but it cannot see people who are only O&M Instructors.

Recognizing the potential of this product, I made a commitment to keep it free, privacy focused, digitally accessible, and accurate. Families with blind children moving in or around the state can finally have an easy-to-use tool to find TVIs. This tool is not just for families, but also for young TVIs seeking mentors, school districts in need of contractable school district TVIs or Special Ed services, and DTVs looking to connect IEP Team Members with their ISFP students. I’ve designed this tool with their needs in mind.

How to Find TVIs in Illinois

A non-editable public Google Sheets document will open up and will not work in Excel.

A3 provides clear instructions for your convenience. In A4, simply insert your desired location using the following format: 123 Main Street, City, Illinois. The system is also designed to work if you just use a city, as shown in this example: City, Illinois.

After hitting enter, the system takes a mere 10 seconds to determine the latitude and longitude coordinates. Your results will be located between A7 and G17.

  • Column A row 7 through 17 contains the 10 nearest TVI with employer names (school district or Special Ed Co-op).
  • Column B row 7 through 17 contains the distance in miles of the 10 nearest TVIs.
  • Column C row 7 through 17 contains the publicly available LinkedIn profiles of the 10 nearest TVIs. Column D row 7 through 17 includes the front office phone numbers for the 10 closest TVIs.
  • Column E row 7 through 17 contains the first and last name of the 10 closest TVIs.
  • Column F row 7 through 17 indicates whether or not the 10 closest TVIs have an O&M Certification.
  • Column G row 7 through 17 indicates whether or not the 10 closest TVIs have an Early Intervention (EI) Certification.

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My Commitment to Integrity

All information used is publicly available. The TVI Directory was developed using information obtained from a Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Illinois State Board of Education. The TVI Directory is not directly viewable to users of the project, thereby ensuring teacher privacy by preventing data from being easily scraped. Location requests sent to Bing Maps are not viewable to the author of this project. No locations or phone numbers are linked to any TVI’s personal information (no home addresses or phone numbers). All information used was checked multiple times using govsalaries.com, ISBE’s certification verification web app, ACVREP’s certification verification website, and Provider Connections certification verification website.

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Credited to the very talented Lilly Graham.

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