About Us

Missouri State University has been selected as a Blindness Skills Specialist (BSS) site to coordinate services students who meet the eligibility criteria of visual impairment as defined in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education State Plan for Special Education.

Eligibility

The Missouri guidelines indicate a student is considered as having a visual impairment and eligible for specialist education services when these criteria are met::

An eye report from an optometrist or ophthalmologist indicating the student has a progressive visual condition or a visual impairment with  

 a. an acuity of 20/70 or less in the better eye after bet correction OR 
 b. a field restriction of 20 degree or less, AND Include documentation that demonstrates how the impairment  negatively impacts on education.  (see the section on student referral for further information)

Staff

  • Aundrayah Shermer, Blindness Skills Specialist, Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist
  • Julie Anderson-Ituarte, Blindness Skills Specialist, Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist

The BSS is under the umbrella of the Regional Professional Development Center and the  direction of Dr. Tamara Arthaud in the Department of Counseling, Leadership and Special Education at Missouri State University. Aundrayah Shermer is the project coordinator and contact person at Missouri State. 

Contact the office

 

Aundrayah Shermer, Blindness Skills Specialist
Missouri State University - PCOB 130
901 S. National Ave.  
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Phone: 417-836-8872
Fax: 417-836-5997
Email: ashermer@missouristate.edu

Julie Anderson-Ituarte, Blindness Skills Specialist

Missouri State University - PCOB 129
901 S. National Ave.  
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Phone: 417-836-5490
Fax: 417-836-5997
Email: jituarte@missouristate.edu