We provide resources, consultation services, and advocacy services to help all blind/low vision individuals achieve independence and self-fulfillment in education, employment, and life..
BEAR Services for Parents and Families
IEP or Section 504 Plan Review
Assessment of the appropriateness of your child’s current educational program
Identification of areas of need and solutions to meet child’s needs
Advocacy Services focused on blindness/low vision and its impact on the total child
Extensive experience with the application of relevant special education and civil rights laws
Development of meaningful, individualized, and appropriate IEP goals
Collaboration in determining appropriate educational placement
Consultation with parents/families in preparation for effective communication with school officials
Advocacy and attendance (in-person or via distance technology) at any or all school-related meetings, including IEP meetings
Independent Educational Evaluations and Assessment Services
Independent Educational Evaluations
Substantiation of need for appropriate quality, quantity, and duration of services
Recommendation of necessary assistive technology (AT) use and training—including home use and teacher and parent training on the AT
Documentation of needed accommodations and modifications
Collaboration with other assessors to ensure that assessment tools as meaningful and valid as possible for students with visual impairment, including blindness
Blindness/Low Vision Resources
Information about available blindness/low vision resources
Description of the utility of various blindness/low vision tools and software
Assistance in choosing the resources your child needs at this time and in the future
Access to a broad network of professionals in blindness/low vision education
Private/Homeschool Education Support Services
BEAR provides families and educational professionals the training and support they need to confidently teach students with visual impairment, including blindness—from instructional techniques to guidance on efficient curriculum preparation, BEAR can help parents and educators increase their teaching efficiency and effectiveness.
BEAR staff have a broad-based foundation and expertise in appropriate accommodations and modifications for students with visual impairment, including blindness, with and without additional disabilities.
We coach parents and individual teachers in practical instructional strategies, choosing and obtaining effective and efficient blindness/low vision tools, and integrating assistive technology into the learning environment.