The Blind/Visually Impaired Division at the SKI-HI Institute includes three projects: INSITE, VIISA, and the USU/Hadley Program in Blindness.
Project INSITE began in 1981 to meet the needs of young children with vision impairments and multiple disabilities and their families. A service delivery model, curriculum manual, and training model were developed to address the needs of this population of children.
Project VIISA began in 1990 to meet the needs of young children with blindness or vision impairment without other disabilities and their families. A curriculum manual and training model have been developed to address the needs of this population of children.
Both the VIISA and INSITE projects continue to work with new states to put into place these programs and training models as well as to provide ongoing support to states already using the programs. Keeping a strong network of trainers updated in their skills and refreshed with new, more current training materials makes for better services to children in the long run and programs that are long lasting.
In 2008, a partnership between SKI-HI Institute at Utah State University and the Hadley School for the Blind resulted in the development of online coursework designed for paraprofessionals who work with children and youth who are blind or visually impaired. It is also available to parents, other professionals, and blind consumers.
Training and course materials are updated and improved upon on an on-going basis. Users of our programs across the country are always a wonderful source for ideas of new materials that would help them in their trainings and services to families.