About Us

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.”

Staff

  • 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.

More information

For more information, please contact:

Julie Anderson-Ituarte, Blindness Skills Specialist

Missouri State University - PCOB 207
901 S. National Ave.  
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Phone: 417-836-5490
Fax: 417-836-5997
Email: jituarte@missouristate.edu

DJ Butcher, Blindness Skills Specialist

Missouri State University - PCOB 1207
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Phone: 417-836-8872
Fax: 417-836-5997
Email: butcher2@missouristate.edu