Code of VA Amendment for HI & VI Students

Services for Students Identified as Hearing or Visually Impaired


The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) provides information on services for students with hearing and vision impairments at its Web site.  The following links to information and resources are excerpted from the VDOE’s Web page, Specific Disabilities-Sensory Disabilities.  School divisions are required to annually post this information on their Web sites and inform the parents of students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired of its availability.  Packets of this information are also required to be available in an accessible format for parents who do not have Internet access.


Guidance Documents


  • Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) -The VSDB is located in Staunton, Virginia and provides a day program and outreach services, as well as a residential setting exclusively to students who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or deaf-blind.  The VSDB Outreach Services assist early intervention providers, local school divisions, and families in meeting the needs of children in the Commonwealth.  VSDB’s admission policy is available at the above Web site.
  • Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH)-The VDDHH provides standards for educational interpreting services and other services to reduce the communication barriers between persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families and the professionals who serve them.
  • Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) – The DBVI’s primary focus is to assist Virginians who are blind in achieving quality employment outcomes. Vocational evaluation, job training, job development, placement, follow-up and other services are provided to assist consumers in obtaining jobs in the public and private sectors.  DBVI’s education services program provides services to early intervention providers, school personnel, and families to help children to be successful in school and the community, and to prepare for the future.  The Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired offers training in the skills of blindness to blind and vision-impaired Virginians and encourages people to develop positive attitudes about blindness.  The Library and Resource Center provides services to local school divisions to support the education of children who are blind or visually impaired.  Library services are also offered to persons who are print disabled.
  • Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults With Deaf-Blindness – This office provides technical assistance, training, distance education and networking information to families, service providers and individuals who are deaf-blind/dual sensory impaired.
  • Technical Assistance Center for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and VNOC -This center provides training and technical assistance in the area of deafness/hard of hearing. Assistance is available to local public school systems as well as early intervention and preschool programs through the Virginia Network of Consultants for Professionals Working with Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (VNOC).
  • Accessible Instructional Materials Center-VA (AIM-VA)-AIM-VA’s extensive library has developed an alternative system of providing accessible educational media under standards set by federal law (NIMAS) to students who meet the federal requirements for print disabilities and who are eligible for accessing educational media under individual IEPs, as required under Part B of IDEA.  AIM-VA, in conjunction with partnering agencies, provides required accessible educational materials to students with an IEP and training for staff, at no cost to Local Education Agencies.

Revised August 2015


Parent Involvement Survey

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce that the 2014-2015 Parent Involvement Survey for the Annual Performance Report, Indicator 8 is ready for dissemination and collection.

The collection window for the survey can begin immediately and extend until September 30, 2015.  During the collection window VDOE will engage in a number of technical assistance outreach efforts to parents and parent organizations to ensure that every parent of a child with a disability in the Commonwealth has the opportunity to participate in the survey. VDOE has set a goal of significantly increasing the responses from families who have children with disabilities in Virginia.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to ensure that we involve each parent in his/her child’s special education program.  If you have questions or need assistance concerning this survey process, please contact Hank Millward at (804) 371-0525, (

Survey links:

SEAC Meeting

Please join us!!! and pass this along to parents!

When:   Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Time:     6:00 p.m.

Where:  Caroline High School – library

Now’s the time to be part of a wonderful committee to improve the education for students with disabilities.  We will be reviewing the 2015/2016 Annual Plan.  Be a part of the solution!  Get involved!  We are looking for parent representatives from each school.  The Special Education Department needs your voice in shaping the future.  

For additions to the agenda or comments to SEAC – Email:

Sign up to receive text messages for upcoming events/meetings:  Enter this number in your cell phone:  571-485-7668 Enter this text:  @1afd4

The major purpose of SEACs is to provide an opportunity for parents and other school board appointees to have a voice in the way school divisions provide services to students with disabilities.  SEACs are extensions of local school boards since members are appointed by them, and SEACs provide reports and recommendations to their school boards.

The Caroline County Special Education Advisory Committee works with the school board, administrators, parents and teachers who are responsible for students receiving special education services.  

  • To advise the local school system of the needs in the education of children with disabilities 
  • To assist the local school system in the development of long-range plans which will provide needed services for children with disabilities 
  • To submit periodic reports and recommendations regarding the education of children with disabilities to the local school board. 
  • To review annually the school system’s updated special education plan and application for federal funding.  To hold a minimum of six regular meetings, which is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!

We’re looking forward to an exciting new school year!


Special education” means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parent(s), to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in a classroom, in the home, in hospitals, in institutions, and in other settings and instruction in physical education. The term includes each of the following if it meets the requirements of the definition of special education: (§ 22.1-213 of the Code of Virginia; 34 CFR 300.39)
Specially designed instruction” means adapting, as appropriate to the needs of an eligible

child, the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction: (34 CFR 300.39(b)(3))
1. To address the unique needs of the child that result from the child’s disability; and
2. To ensure access of the child to the general curriculum, so that the child can meet the educational standards that apply to all children within the jurisdiction of the local educational agency.

-Excerpt from VA DOE site

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