NC ELSSP-VI Newsletter

January 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

January's Quote

You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

-C.S. Lewis


Professional Development Submitted by Lin Causey

Teacher's Toolbox Submitted by Heather Lister

Staff Birthdays for January

Photo/Video Credits

Professional Development Opportunities

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Save the Date

The NC Conference on Visual Impairment and Blindness is scheduled for

April 19 and 20, 2018 at the Sheraton Chapel Hill.

There will be 5 tracks: Pre-School, K-12, Vocational Rehabilitation, Orientation and Mobility

and Pre-Employment Transition Services.


Welcome to 2018!

Time to start earning Professional Development credits

to maintain your Infant Toddler Certification.


Partnerships for Inclusion: Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce to Implement High Quality Inclusion Practices

Webinar #4, ECDTL Series on High Quality Inclusion

National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning; The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center


Watch it now.

Webinar #1: Ensuring Access to High Quality Evaluations and Services

Webinar #2 Supporting Participation for all Children: Essential Features of High Quality Inclusion is available here.

Webinar #3 Collaboration with Families and Other Partners: Essential Features of High Quality Inclusion is available here.

About webinar #4: This is the fourth of four webinars hosted by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center in partnership with the National Center on Early Development, Teaching and Learning. These webinars focus on questions that frequently arise when local early childhood programs collaborate to build high quality inclusion.

Related Project(s):

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning

Monthly Webinars: Partnering with YOU through Visual Impairment information sharing

From the North Carolina Department of Publlc Instruction

Monthly Webinars 3:30-4:30 PM

January 11th

Testing Accommodations for Students with Visual Impairment

Webinar Registration Link

February 15th

Secondary Transition for Students with Visual Impairment

Webinar Registration Link

April 12th

Practical Strategies for Preparing Students with VI for State Testing

Webinar Registration Link

May 3rd

Transitioning Students From One Level to the Next:

Preschool through High School

Webinar Registration Link

Teacher's Toolbox

"That's not my ___________" Books from Usborne

Kids love the tactile, board books in the Usborne series “That’s not my __________”. Each book focuses on one character and describes (with accompanying textures) why that one, isn’t the one (i.e. That’s not my bunny. Its paws are too rough).

In these fun-to-touch board books, patches of different textures and bright illustrations are combined with very simple text to help develop sensory and language awareness. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching ears that are “too soft” and paws that are “too rough”. These books have simple, repetitive text, bright, colorful illustrations and textures to touch and feel on every page. They help very young children develop language and sensory skills. (adapted from

There are about 52 titles in this series. These books can be ordered directly from Usborne, found in bookstores, or online. The Seedlings Braille book company offers several of these books in Braille. Some titles are also available in Spanish. The books cost an average of $10 or less per book.

Many skills can be worked on when reading these books with a child. Listed below are some specific to children with visual impairments.

Skills to work on for children who are blind:

-searching left to right, top to bottom

-exploring the Braille words

-locating textures

-describing textures (rough, smooth, bumpy)

Skills to work on for children with low vision:

-searching left to right, top to bottom

-locating the mouse on each page

-locating textures

-describing textures

January Staff Birthdays

January 6th Starla Wilson

January 10th Sandy Bryant

January 20th Kim Sawyer

January 24th Lin Causey

Missed Birthday

Pam Bye's December 14th birthday was mistakenly left off of last month's newsletter. Happy Belated Birthday Pam!

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