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Supporting Learners Series: The Whole Child: Being Safe

Taking a whole child approach helps us focus beyond solely academics to include thinking about a student’s social-emotional, physical and safety needs. Designed with the whole child in mind, this module will focus on the tenant of being safe and what that could mean for students with visual impairment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize why students need to be provided with safe environments in order to achieve academically and increased student well-being.
  • Describe how safety drills and activities need to be adapted to meet the needs for students with visual impairments.
  • Identify ways to make the school environment physically and emotionally safe for students with visual impairments.
Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour


  • Shannon D. Cuniak, M.Ed., is a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) in Canonsburg, PA. Formerly an Outreach Specialist at the Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB), Cuniak currently works at The Intermediate Unit 1 in Washington County, PA as a TVI/COMS in multiple districts. Cuniak is an adjunct faculty instructor with both The Ohio State University and the University of Pittsburgh’s programs in visual impairments teaching courses in the area of braille and O&M. She has presented in a variety of settings on topics including Functional Vision Assessments, Blindness 101 and multiple teacher in-services. She received the Citation of Excellence for Direct Service Award in Orientation and Mobility from the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER).

Various organizations have approved modules and webinars in the Learning Hub for continuing education credit.


Table of Contents

Locked Pre-Assessment Locked Introduction Locked Supporting Learners Series - Safe Locked Getting the TVI Perspective Locked Review Locked Post-Assessment Locked Survey