Resource Center Dr. Kathy Segers

Off to a Very Busy Start!
Staff at the Resource Center for the Visually Impaired have been very busy all summer and continuing through the beginning of school, procuring accessible instructional materials for student across the state and at TSB.  Twenty-five new titles were sent to be transcribed into braille for the 2019-20 school year, most of which were new science and social studies adoptions. 
 
RCVI hosted the TCAP inkprint review of the End of Course Tests in Biology and U. S. History on August 28, 2019. This consists of a group of certified teachers of the visually impaired and certified braille transcribers reviewing the print copy of the test and making suggestions as to how to present the materials in a tactile format. The braille versions will be reviewed before they are given to students this fall. The Next inkprint review will be on October 15, 2019 at RCVI.
TSB Outreach teachers have been busy doing evaluations, providing direct and consultative services, providing assistive technology deliveries and set-ups, and orientation and mobility services. Six TSB Outreach staff currently serve a total of 173 students from 77 local school districts across the state of Tennessee. The following staff provide outreach services for local school districts:
East Tennessee
Allison Conway- VI and O&M
Susan Lee- VI and Assistive Technology
Middle Tennessee
Wendy Morrison- VI and O&M
Patrick Rich- VI/O&M/Assistive Technology
West Tennessee
Kay Jackson- VI and O&M
Cindy Adkins- VI/O&M/Assistive Technology
The TN Accessible Media Productions (TN AMPS), housed at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institute in Nashville, currently has 18 offenders who are taking the Library of Congress Braille Certification Course. Two of the offenders are close to starting their final manuscript for certification. There are three more who are not far behind. For more information about the braille program at Riverbend Prison, go to the following link, or click above to see a You Tube video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9enj1zevBs

Kathy Segers,
 
Dr. Kathy Segers,
Director of Accessible Instruction Materials and Outreach