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History of the Development of the Statewide System for Vision Services

The creation of the Statewide System for Vision Services is the result of three years of study and planning from 2004 - 2007, directed by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The planning was a collaborative effort, first conducted through the year long work of the Task Force for Vision Services. Major task force collaborators included the Board of Education, the Board of Regents, the Department for the Blind, the University of Northern Iowa, the Area Education Agencies, Parents, Consumers, and the Iowa Braille School. The Task Force led to the establishment of a Coordinating Council. The Coordinating Council developed a Preferred Future for Vision Services in Iowa statement. The February 2008 Board of Regent docket item 13 created the Statewide System for Vision Services and also implemented the Management Team.

Current Members Serving on the Management Team of the Statewide System for Vision Services:
• Steve Gettel, Superintendent/Administrator for Statewide Vision Services

The Goals of the Statewide System for Vision Services include:
• Provide equitable access to a continuum of high quality services, based on evidence-based practices;
• Assure an adequate supply of highly trained teachers and orientation and mobility specialists; 
• Assure adequate supervision, and professional development opportunities; and assignments for professionals working with blind and visually impaired students;
•Provide coordination among the different entities providing services to the blind and visually impaired children in Iowa.

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