Mary Robinson

Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Mary Robinson

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Teacher of the Visually Impaired
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Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
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PROGRAMS FOR VISUALLY AND OR HEARING IMPAIRED

Visually Impaired Program Information

The mission of the FPS Special Education Department is to empower students with disabilities to recognize and optimize their full potential in an engaging learning environment. Our culture is one in which all staff members respect diversity, share the responsibility for the teaching and learning of all students, and celebrate individual student growth and success. We embrace parents as collaborative partners in a process that promotes trust and respect.

VIP CORE CURRICULUM AND SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT

  • Communication Skills
  • Sensory Motor Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Braille Reading and Writing
  • Orientation & Mobility
  • Vocational Exploration
  • Career Exploration
  • Assistive Technology

VIP EXTENDED CURRICULUM

  • Social / Emotional Skills
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Orientation & Mobility
  • Sports Skills
  • Recreation and Leisure Skills
  • Post High School (age 21)
  • Transition Programming

VIP OUTREACH

  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • School staff
  • Community
  • Communication with Eye Doctors
  • Advocate for Costly at Home Technology
  • Serve as Liaison to Necessary State Agencies

VIP PHILOSOPHY

PHILOSOPHY

Students who are visually impaired have unique needs that can be met through a full range of program options and cooperative endeavors
with other pertinent individuals / agencies to promote high quality education. With the proper training and tools, anything is possible.

Core curriculum, as well as, extended curriculum is addressed.

Hearing Impaired Services

Fremont Public Schools provides a continuum of special education services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing from birth through age 21. Eligible students may receive a variety of services, as determined appropriate by the IEP or IFSP team, including language development, social skill development, speech development, speech reading, auditory management, sign language, and/or deaf culture when appropriate.

Typically, programming for students with hearing loss involves a regular classroom with support from a qualified teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

The Metro Regional Program for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing provides FM equipment and routine maintenance. Further information regarding the Metro Regional Team can be found at http://www.nebraskamrp.com

The Sensory Courtyard

The Sensory Courtyard is a local concept being developed by Mary Robinson, a Teacher of the Blind & Visually Impaired, and a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist with Fremont Public Schools. It is a space of approximately 30′ by 80′ consisting of specialized areas, each designed to spark one or more of the five senses: Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch, and Taste. The Sensory Courtyard has a positive sensory impact, and benefits all ages in the community and surrounding areas. It offers an atmosphere of sensory stimulation, and enhances awareness to support those with special needs, including those with tactile defensiveness.respect.

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