Mission: Our mission is to educate, inspire, and empower Colorado's families to nurture the development of their children who are blind or visually impaired. Our goal is to ensure that all families of children with visual impairments, from birth to age three, receive early intervention services specific to blindness, deaf-blindness, visual impairment or vision concerns from a community of highly skilled and collaborative professionals.
Results: Now in our fifth year of service to Colorado's families with very young children who are blind or visually impaired, we are the leading provider of early intervention vision services throughout the state.
Target demographics: We provide early intervention services for children (birth to age 3) who are blind, visually impaired or have vision concerns
Direct beneficiaries per year: in 2018 we served 189 children, with more than 1,619 visits in homes and community settings; 359 of our in-home services were provided in rural areas, including the Western Slope and northeastern Colorado.
Geographic areas served: Colorado
Programs: Our team of experienced and caring Early Intervention Teachers of the Visually Impaired works closely with families – one-on-one in their homes and community settings – to nurture the strengths of each child and build skills for lifelong success. We partner with Early Intervention Colorado to: (1) help families understand their child’s specific visual diagnosis and the effect it will have on early learning; (2) teach caregivers strategies for interacting with their child and how to provide a variety of multi-sensory learning experiences for a child to gain access to the visual world; (3) model how their child learns through play so families understand how to incorporate learning into everyday routines; (4) foster emergent literacy through singing songs, story-telling, exposure to print, braille and other pre-reading activities; and (5) assist families, when a child turns 3, with the transition from Part C to Part B.
Professional with expertise in this field
A Shared Vision has been an integral part of my journey to becoming a teacher of the visually impaired. I finished my student practicum with ASV this year and received quality experiences with this wonderful team! ASV has taken a great deal of time to make sure I get one-on-one mentorship as well as learn best practice in the field of visually impairment. It is clear that this team is dedicated to ensuring that the families and children served receive the best support possible. I highly recommend A Shared Vision for a practicum and student teaching experience in the field of early intervention services.