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A newsletter of the Paul V. Sherlock Center at RI College
November 2013 - Volume 1, Issue 3
In This Issue
The Expanded Core Curriculum
ECC Focus: Orientation and Mobility
EnVision Work Update
Where the Blind Work
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Local NFB Chapters
Holiday Ideas
ECC Resources

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Welcome to RIVESP Pathways!
RIVESP Pathways is a quarterly newsletter for parents, students, teachers, and anyone interested in what's going on with services and activities for students with visual impairments in RI. This quarterly newsletter will keep you connected and informed about the latest innovations, research, and best practices related to the education of our students with blindness and visual impairments, including transition to life after high school. We will also link you to local resources, inform you about the new Expanded Core Curriculum, and share stories of RI's children, youth, and adults with visual impairments.
The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC)

All children with visual impairment should have access to the typical curriculum that all students participate in.  The Expanded Core Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments includes the unique skills and knowledge a person with a visual impairment requires due to their disability-specific needs.  The nine areas of the ECC for students with visual impairment are:

  • compensatory or functional academic skills, including communication modes
  • orientation and mobility
  • social interaction skills
  • independent living skills
  • recreation and leisure skills
  • career education
  • use of assistive technology
  • sensory efficiency skills
  • self-determination  
Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference 2013
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December 4-7, 2013 

Omni Hotel, Providence RI

The conference brings together the most current thinking on all forms of literacy, including print, braille, auditory, tactile graphics comprehension and the use of assistive technology.  Presentations will address the needs of a range of ages and all levels of ability, including conventional and functional literacy. Plus, more than 60 concurrent workshops and additional poster sessions.  



   ECC Focus: Orientation and Mobility


Emily out and about on a community mobility lesson.

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) is an area of instruction specific to people with visual impairments that teaches safe and effective travel skills to people of all ages.

  • Orientation refers to knowing where you are in space and where you want to go. 
  • Mobility refers to a person's ability to be able to travel safely, efficiently, and effectively.
  • Good orientation and mobility skills give people with visual impairments greater independence in their daily lives.
  • Orientation and Mobility skills are taught across the lifespan, from babies learning to explore their environment to adults coping with recent vision loss or learning a new environment.

Related Resources:

An Introduction to Orientation and Mobility, published on VisionAware.orgprovides information on O&M instruction as well as many resources related to O&M skill development. 


Overview of Orientation and Mobility Services, published by Connecticut's Board of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB), gives an outline of what instruction in O&M may include. 



EnVision Work Update


This  fall, EnVision Work welcomed a new cohort of participants.  Four high school students from across the state are currently enrolled and participating in Person Centered Career Planning (PCCP) sessions, as well as a range of "real world" career exploration opportunities.  These activities are helping the students understand where their interests and abilities intersect with current labor market trends and competitive career options.  Students are also building a portfolio and resume that will be useful to them in future employment endeavors.


In addition to our new group of high school students, Envision Work resources are being made available to students attending Rhode Island College.  The Sherlock Center is partnering with Rhode Island College's Office of Disability Services to enhance

Jenelle utilizes technology to share her ideas at her PCCP meeting.
supports for students with visual impairments.  The college students will utilize natural supports available at Rhode Island College in combination with specific technical assistance in the area of employment for people with visual impairment.  The college students will be included in EnVision Work peer meetings, adding another dimension to our group and offering high school participants a glimpse at the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead in college. 
Janelle participates in Person Centered Planning in her home
Jenelle participates in Person Centered Career Planning at her home with family and friends.
Where the Blind Work
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People who are blind are working in a wide variety of jobs doing work that people mistakenly believe require sight.  Students with visual impairments are less likely than their sighted peers to have a working knowledge of the full range of employment options available to them in different career paths.  Where the Blind Work is a website sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind which provides personal accounts of the various types of employment that people who are blind are engaged in, how they do it, how the person enters the field, and what positive influences helped the person to achieve their goal. 


National Federation of the Blind and Local Chapters
The National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island (NFB of RI) is a membership-based consumer advocacy organization and is an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind.  The goal of the NFB of RI is for people who are blind to help other people who are also blind through mentoring, encouragement, support, sharing ideas and education about community resources.  The NFB of RI offers scholarships to college student that are legally blind.  The NFB of RI has two chapters, Greater Providence and Mount Hope. The chapters meet on a monthly basis.  Meetings are an excellent opportunity to meet other blind individuals and share ideas. Come to a meeting and learn more about the NFB and its philosophy.  


Mount Hope Chapter of the NFB of RI

Meeting Dates:



For More Information:

Third Thursday of the Month

Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

(401) 380-6942

Greater Providence Chapter of the NFB of RI

Meeting Dates:



For More Information:

Second Saturday of the Month (except for July and October)

Parkway Towers, 10 Office Parkway, East Providence, RI

10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (preceded by a social half hour)

(401) 484-5892 

Holiday Ideas
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Below are two website that offer ideas on holiday activities, crafts to make, and toys and sensory equipment for children with visual impairments.