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Subject: ECSE Parent Education - MoSPIN

Source: Missouri School for the Blind, Outreach Services

Intended Audience: Districts serving children who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind and enrolled in ECSE

Date: March 24, 2011

Districts serving children who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) may be interested in learning more about Missouri Statewide Parent Involvement Network (MoSPIN).  MoSPIN Parent Advisors visit the student's home on a regular basis to instruct parents on a variety of issues that are unique to children with visual impairments.  This instruction is based on the nationally recognized INSITE curriculum and may include topics such as the child's specific visual impairment and the resulting impact on communication, motor skills, or other areas of development.  These services would be included on the student's IEP and are provided at no cost to families or districts.  This service is available to families of children birth through 5.

For additional information about MoSPIN or to learn more about becoming a Parent Advisor, please contact Ginny Williams at ginwilliams@aol.com or visit our website at http://www.msb.dese.mo.gov/Outreach/services.htm.