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Vision Mission Statement

The Vision Department will provide opportunities for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, to develop the skills necessary to lead vocationally, personally, socially satisfying, productive and more independent lives through the use of assistive technology, braille, expanded core curriculum, travel skills, etc. so they are community, career and college ready.

Why do we have a Vision program?

The majority of the information transmitted to the brain is through the visual system. When children experience vision loss, it is more difficult to get the same level of information to the brain. The Madison Metropolitan School District employs a team of vision professionals to evaluate students with vision loss, assess their functional vision and recommend instructional accommodations and additional instruction that may help students access their curriculum and environment.

What does the Vision Department do?

The vision staff teach the Expanded Core Curriculum. The ECC is a disability-specific set of skills that compensates for vision loss and is foundational to all other learning. It focuses on independence, assistive technology, vocational training, social engagement and more to prepare your child for his or her fullest life possible.

How? Range of Programming

Puzzle pieces connected in a circle going around the word “Core Academics”.  Each puzzle piece in the outside ring state one area of the ECC.  Sensory Efficiency, Assistive Technology, Orientation and Mobility, Social Interaction, Recreation & Leisure, Independent Living, Self-determination, Career Education, and Compensatory Access.

  • Full inclusion in regular education classes with the use of accommodations 
  • Observations and Consult with staff and family 
  • Material production/accommodations (e.g. accessible formats)
  • Push into classrooms for instruction or support TVI or SEA
  • Pull out direct instruction one on one or co-treating with other teachers/therapist
  • Homebound instruction for medically fragile students
  • WSBVI Placement - Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (K-12) in Janesville, WI
  • Little Peanuts Specialized Preschool at WCBVI (3-5)

Who are we?

Itinerant Vision Teachers                                      

Leanette Dieck (Office at Memorial High School)--West

Naomi Hrdina (Office at Lincoln Elementary School)--West/South Central 

Kelsey Tiradani (Office at LaFollette High School)--East/Downtown

Jana Uhler (Office at LaFollette High School)--East/West

Orientation and Mobility Teacher

Brynn Guzzetta (Office at LaFollette High School)

Braille Transcriber

Traci McDonald (Office at LaFollette High School)           

Vision Assistants (SEAs):

Lori Nieman (Itinerant)

Lori McGowen (Itinerant)

For information on vision services within MMSD, please contact:

Vision Resources 

Local/State Organizations:

National Organizations:

Blind and Low Vision Products:

Students with Multiple Disabilities:

Students with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI):

Braille Resources:

Robert reads a Braille book

Large Print and Braille:


Parent Resources:

Orientation and Mobility Resources:

Vision Evaluation Info: 

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Resources:

Workplace Resources: