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Supporting Learners Series: Identification and Referral

Designed with the whole child in mind, this module focuses on identifying physical signs and academic difficulties that could suggest a student has a visual impairment and how to make a referral to have a vision evaluation completed. It also addresses how related service providers play a key role in supporting students by promoting access and accommodations in the learning environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the whole child approach to working with students with visual impairments.
  • Describe the range of various visual impairments and how they may impact students.
  • Identify signs that indicate a student may have a visual impairment.
  • Describe how to make a referral for a student with a possible visual impairment.
  • Differentiate between how vision professionals may work with classroom teachers to fully support their students.
  • Identify how vision can impact areas outside of the core curriculum, including self-determination, compensatory, sensory, and social emotional learning.


  • Shannon D. Cuniak, M.Ed., TVI COMS
Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour
Locked Pre-Assessment Locked Identification and Referral - Part 1 Locked Identification and Referral - Part 2 Locked Identification and Referral - Part 3 Locked Post-Assessment Locked Survey