Missouri State University has been selected as a Blindness Skills Specialist (BSS) site to coordinate services for students who meet the definition of visual impairment as defined in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education State Plan for Special Education.
IDEA definition of visual impairment:
- “an impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child's educational performance. The term includes both partial sight and blindness.”
- Julie Anderson-Ituarte, Blindness Skills Specialist, Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist
- DJ Butcher, 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.
Julie Anderson-Ituarte is the project coordinator and contact person at Missouri State University.