NC ELSSP-VI Newsletter

July 2018

Each child will be honored, respected, and empowered to achieve success in school and life.

North Carolina Early Learning Sensory Support Program for Children with Visual Impairments

NC Department of Public Instruction

Office of Early Learning

Touching Lives Through ELSSP

The Early Learning Sensory Support Program for Children with Visual Impairments and Hearing Impairments is a division of the Office of Early Learning through the Department of Public Instruction. Our team is unique to The Department of Public Instruction because it includes over 70 staff members that provide direct instruction to children and families. We have licensed teachers of the visually impaired and hearing impaired/deaf, occupational therapists, interpreters and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists all with one goal; to make sure each child will be honored, respected, and empowered to achieve success in school and life.

If you would like more information about our program, please visit our website at


Amazing Kids Submitted by Staff

Joy Fleming

Regional Meetings Submitted by Staff

Budget Cuts

Professional Development Submitted by Lin Causey

Staff Birthdays for July

Photo/Video Credits

Wishing you all the best Joy!

Joy Fleming, TVI in the western region, is retiring October 1st. Though ELSSP/VI is sad to lose her, we wish her the best in her retirement. Joy has touched the lives of many students, families and co-workers.

Joy began her teaching career as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired in Florida, she moved from there to South Carolina and then to North Carolina. Joy has been a TVI in the schools as well as with ELSSP/VI, so she has taught students with visual impairments from birth to age 21.

Joy’s first thing on her “to do” list is to get some much needed rest. Both Joy and her husband are retiring and plan to travel and visit their grandbabies. Joy and her husband have two grandchildren in Georgia (ages 16 and 14), Fia, who is 11 months old (pictured with Joy) lives close to them and their oldest is adopting soon (grandbaby number 4 on the way)! They are also planning on moving Joy’s brother from Michigan to North Carolina to live (Joy is his guardian). Though she claims she is going to get some rest, it sounds like Joy is going to be busy during her retirement.

We wish you to the best Joy!

Regional Meetings

On Thursday, June21st ELSSP/VI staff participated in regional meetings. The staff in the East were treated to a presentation on Sensory Integration by our own Sue Caruso, OT. The staff in the Central region also received training from one of our own, Pam Bye, on Cortical Visual Impairments. Staff members in the West received training from Diane Brauner on iPad apps and accessbility. All three meetings were awesome! See the pictures below for a little glimpse of these meetings.

East...Sweet TEA



Budget Cuts

NC Department of Public Instruction recently underwent significant budget cuts. The Office of Early Learning was NOT effected by these cuts. We will continue to operate at our current budget.

Professional Development Opportunities

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Check with your local CDSA for

Infant Toddler Training Activities for the

Agencies in their Provider Network!


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Opening Convocation

August 14-15, 2018

Raleigh, NC

July Staff Birthdays

Bonnie Galarde July 3rd

Becky Lowrey July 6th

Shonda Page July 25th

Photo/Video Credits