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Early Intervention Visual Impairment Professionals

EIVI homepage

EIVI Professionals is a website for people doing early intervention with young children who are blind or visually impaired.  The site was developed using grant funds from OSEP (the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs) awarded to Illinois State University to address personnel shortages in EIVI.  The goal of the grant is to increase the number and quality of teachers of the visually impaired and orientation and mobility specialists trained to work with infants and toddlers. This site will not only support newly trained EIVI professionals in Illinois, but will also provide a platform for collaboration and education throughout the nation.

The site includes the following sections:

  • Understanding Development
    • Topics of Development
    • Fact Sheets
    • Research Links
  • EIVI Toolbox
    • Intervention Ideas
    • Planning a Session

Visitors to the site can search the database of intervention ideas or share their own ideas.

The Session Planning Matrix is a helpful tool focusing on collaboration between teachers and families, with families taking the lead in identifying priorities.

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Visual impairment and early intervention

Posted by Marilyn White

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Posted by Patricia burnham

I work with a little girl

Posted by Michelle lloyds

Posted on August 20, 2016
Updated on: February 8, 2018

Previous comments for Early Intervention Visual Impairment Professionals

Charlotte Cushman commented on September 6, 2016

Hi Michelle,

One great place to start is Holly Cooper's post on Tactile Books for Very Young Children.  She includes the following:

  • Approaches to Literacy Experiences for Infants
  • When should braille be introduced in books?
  • Adding tactile features to a book
  • Creating an experience book
  • Using real objects to accompany a book
  • Building a foundation of life experiences
  • Resources
Good luck!
Michelle lloyds commented on August 31, 2016

I work with a little girl with visual and hearing impairments any extra ideas would be great!!!

Charlotte Cushman commented on August 26, 2016

Hi Patricia,

I have registered you for our site. Welcome to our community!


Charlotte Cushman commented on August 26, 2016

Hello Marilyn,

There are a number of places to find ideas for early intervention.

1.  Have a look at what we've got here on Paths to Literacy in the Emergent Literacy section:

You may also want to look at the Scout Information Clearinghouse Early Childhood section.

Let me know if you have any specific questions.

Good luck!

Patricia burnham commented on August 25, 2016

I'd like to receive emails when new comments/ideas are posted to the website. Thanks

Marilyn White commented on August 24, 2016

I would appreciate any information on early intervention for visually impaired children as it is very difficult to get any help for our son where we live - South Africa