About RCVI

The Resource Center for the Visually Impaired (RCVI) provides accessible textbooks and reading materials to Tennessee students with visual impairments. We also are busy ensuring that eligible students receive non-book instructional materials based on their individual needs and the IEP.  This includes assistive technology devices and other equipment from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH).

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The mission of the Resource Center for the Visually Impaired is to provide access to instructional materials in the appropriate media in a timely manner to students with visual disabilities, including those with multiple disabilities, enrolled in local education agencies across the state of Tennessee.  Access to accessible instructional materials is essential for the educational programs and progress of students with visual disabilities. The Resource Center exists to assist local education agencies in meeting this critical need.



The Resource Center has a two-fold role.  The Resource Center conducts the annual Federal Quota Registration of legally blind pupils in public and private schools across the state.  Secondly, the Resource Center assists local education agencies in providing accessible instructional materials to students with visual disabilities.



The Resource Center for the Visually Impaired is located on the campus of the Tennessee School for the Blind in Nashville, Tennessee.  The services of the RCVI are available to public school systems, to eligible, private non-profit local education agencies, and to state special schools across the state.  An inventory of more than 22,000 Braille and large type textbooks and ancillaries and non-book instructional materials is available on an annual loan basis.  Approximately 9,500 items are currently on loan in local education agencies.  The Resource Center provides service to over 850 students with visual disabilities each school year.  The RCVI processes over 1200 requests for adapted educational materials each year.



Accessible materials provided by the Resource Center are available in two categories:  textbooks and non-book instructional materials.  The RCVI loans Braille and large type textbooks and ancillaries.  Ancillaries include practice exercises, texts, and workbooks and other accompanying materials.  Non-book instructional materials include Braille and bold-line paper, digital recorder/players, Braillewriters, low vision materials, tactile devices, and kits that include sensory development items.   





Students with visual impairment, including those with multiple disabilities, who are enrolled in public and private schools less than college level and who meet state eligibility requirements for visual impairment as determined by the IEP Team, are eligible for RCVI services.  The student's need for adapted educational materials must be documented by the IEP Team.