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Survey to update the Canadian National Standards for the Education of Children and Youth who are Blind or Visually Impaired, including those with Additional Disabilities

Dear Stakeholders in the Education of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired,

Inspired by discussions and presentations at Seeing Beyond the Horizon conference in Halifax, efforts were started to create a Shared Vision Canada network that can help keep us connected across the country. This, and other presentations prompted a discussion about the need to update our Canadian National Standards for the Education of Children and Youth who are Blind or Visually Impaired, including those with Additional Disabilities, a document that highlights what we feel is important to ensure quality and equitable educational experiences for students who are blind or visually impaired. In the spirit of moving forward with the energy and momentum ignited by the conference, a BC sub-committee of Shared Vision Canada met to begin the process of such a revision and we need your input to make this truly a national document revision.

The following link takes you to a survey that will ask your opinion about the standards and indicators of effective programming, contained in the survey you will also find the original document, and a first draft including proposed changes.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QCL6TKZ

Specific information on what to do is provided in the survey. Any revisions, additions, or changes made by the committee are indicated, and we want your opinion on those too. We will compile the feedback and continue to work on the revision with an expanded across-Canada committee. If you want to be part of this Shared Vision Canada Canadian National Standards committee to work with us on further refining the document, please provide your contact information at the end of the survey. Our goal is to have a working revision for sharing and discussion by the next Seeing Beyond the Horizon conference.

Thank you in advance for your feedback! We ask that you please complete your feedback in the survey by April 30, 2015.

Sincerely,
The BC-Sub committee of Shared Vision Canada
Kim Zebehazy, Assistant Professor, Special Education Blindness and Visual Impairment, University of British Columbia
Chris Marshall, Manager, Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI)
Jane Blaine, Executive Director, BC Blind Sports
Jennifer Jesso, Outreach Coordinator, PRCVI
Ellen Hsieh, Outreach Coordinator, PRCVI

Archival Date: 
Thursday, April 30, 2015