Services for the Visually Impaired works to address the unique needs of students/clients with visual impairments by building capacity of the agencies and individuals who support them through research-based best practices* (*outlined in the Expanded Core Curriculum of the National Agenda for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Including Multiple Disabilities).
In order to receive services, one of the following qualification factors must be present:
Services and Special Projects
The Federal Act to Promote the Education of the blind was established by Congress in 1879. This act is a means for providing adapted educational materials to eligible students who meet the definition of blindness. An annual registration of eligible students determines a per capita amount of money designated for the purchase of educational materials produced by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). These funds are credited to Federal Quota accounts, which are maintained and administered by APH and its Ex Officio Trustees throughout the country. The APH account is administered by Barb Engelbrecht. For more information on APH and the Federal Quota Account, visit the APH website.
Services for the Visually Impaired provides several workshops, conferences, and training opportunities each year. Please see the "Upcoming Events" table below for more information on current educational opportunities. Trainings can also be developed to meet specific needs of individuals and agencies who are working with people with low vision by contacting your regional SVI consultant.
The Loan Library provides videos and books on deaf- blindness, visual impairments, Braille, life skills, communication, adjusting to loss of vision, eye conditions, mobility, and much more. Materials are available to agencies, educators, families or clients in Wyoming and is coordinated by Joanne Whitson in the Rawlins SVI office as part of the Wyoming Deaf-Blind Project.
Roy Montgomery left a portion of his estate to the State of Wyoming for the purpose of alleviating the condition of the visually impaired in order that their lives be made more productive, pleasant, comfortable and enjoyable. Interest from the Trust is used each year to fund grant applications for adaptive equipment or specialized training. The Trust must be the last source of funding available and the individual or group applying must be a client of Services for the Visually Impaired and must meet the qualifications and requirements of the Montgomery Trust Fund Review Board.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, administers this free program that loans recorded, large print and braille books and magazines, and specially designed playback equipment to residents of the United States who are unable to read or use standard print materials because of learning disability, a visual impairment or physical limitations. This program is available through all of the regional offices of Services for the Visually Impaired. Talking Books Application
This statewide gathering takes place two times each year and is a unique opportunity for children who have visual impairments, their families and teachers to get together for a day of fun, learning and sharing. The day is typically filled with recreation, games, educational opportunities, and time for discussion.
SVI Office Locations and Territories
Services for the Visually Impaired has 6 regional offices. Services are provided by consultants who travel throughout the state.