What Do Teachers of The Blind and Visually Impaired Do?

Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TBVI’s) provide diagnostic and instructional services for students with visual impairments and act as a liaison with community services. This is an instructional position, as opposed to a related service or vision therapy. The itinerant teacher for students with visual impairments travels to the students' assigned schools to provide direct and/or consultative special education services relating to vision loss. These services enable the students to learn in a variety of settings. The cognitive levels of the students range from severely impaired to gifted and talented.

Our Core Services

• Adapted Daily Living Skills • Functional Visual Assessments • Nemeth Instruction
• Braille Instruction • Learning Media Assessments • Tactile Graphics
• Compensatory Skills • Low Vision Services • Technology Training (Blind/Low Vision)


According to the Virginia Regulations Governing Special Education Program

“Visual impairment including blindness” means an impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child’s educational performance. The term includes both partial sight and blindness. (34 CFR 300.8(c)(13))

Our Vision Staff

Allied Instructional Services’ team of certified specialists provides services to develop the independence of people who are:

  • Blind or have vision loss
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Infants and Toddlers (birth to 3)
  • Students (Pre-K to 12th grade) Families

We contract with the public and private organizations as well as individuals to provide instruction in the individual’s school, home, workplace, and/or community.

Role of TBVI In Schools

Extended Core Curriculum

Our Core Services

Other Services

Support Services