Determining Service Time for Students with Vision Loss

Determining amount of time to work with a student can be rather tricky. Using your gut to tell you what to write down on an IEP is very hard to defend in court. Now, I hope many of you don’t have to defend your decisions in court, but if you did, I hope your evaluations gave you a clear picture of what the student needed and the IEP team discussed what goals and objectives were needed to get there. At that point the team can make a decision about the amount of time needed from a teacher of the visually impaired.

As many team members look to the teacher of the visually impaired for answers, it can put that person on the spot for making a recommendation. Sometimes that member is challenged by another team member. It could be someone thinks it is too much time or too little time to meet the needs of the student. There are many tools out there to help you check your ‘gut’ decision. What do you use??

I often reviewed my evaluations and wrote down my gut decision. Then I checked my decision against a variety of severity tools to see how I compared. One interesting discovery is the change in the Michigan Serverity Rating. My Michigan version from 2002 offered a greater variety of service amounts; I am not sure of their change, but keep this in mind if you are also running a ‘gut’ check for yourself.

Michigan Severity Rating Scales 2013

Colorado Severity Scale 2003

Texas VISSIT scale

British Columbia 2011

If I have missed some out there, please let me know. I will add to this post.

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