Your VI Team

Visually Impaired Department

Our team of dedicated Teacher Consultants, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, VI Expert Substitute and Braille Technicians provide special education-related vision services and supports to students, staff, and families in our county's local schools and young adult programs in Washtenaw County, MI. These services include:

  • Braille assessment, instruction, translation, and material preparation

  • Functional Vision Assessments and Learning Media Assessments

  • Large print and accessible material preparation and instruction

  • Assessment, instruction, consultation & specific material adaptations for students with cortical visual impairment

  • Assistive technology assessment, instruction, consultation, and provision

  • Orientation and mobility assessment and training to promote safe travel in all environments

  • Assessment, collaboration, and family coaching for children birth-3 through the Early-On program

  • Workshops, presentations, and general district and program support

We strive to provide excellent service to our constituents through equitable, inclusive, and self-reflective practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Dedicated Visual Impairment Team

Jill Burch, Teacher Consultant of the Visually Impaired

Zoë Calderon, Teacher Consultant of the Visually Impaired & Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Kathy Christensen, Teacher Consultant of the Visually Impaired & Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Blake Collins, Teacher Consultant of the Visually Impaired & Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Michele Danilowicz, Teacher Consultant of the Visually Impaired & Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Jason DeCamillis, Teacher Consultant of the Visually Impaired

Gretchen Finkbeiner, Teacher Consultant of the Visually Impaired & Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Jessicia Klenk, Teacher Consultant of the Visually Impaired & Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Amy Shepherd, Expert Sub for Students of the Visually Impaired 

Becky Starick, Media Specialist for Blind and Visually Impaired

Janet Hassa, Media Specialist for Blind and Visually Impaired

Team Contact Information: 

Supervisor

Melissa Paschall
Young Adult Community Classrooms, Local-based Classrooms, Visually Impaired Supervision
734-994-8100 ext. 1562

Referral Information

Ages Birth to 3

Please contact: 800-EARLY-ON (800-327-5966)

Ages 4 to 26:

If you need to refer a student to WISD for formal evaluation related to a possible visual impairment, please download the referral form and one of the release of information forms below. We need to obtain a report from an eye doctor as a first step to the evaluation process. Complete the forms and fax to: 734-913-5957 attn: Janet Hassa.

Student Referrals and Related Questions:

Janet Hassa
734-994-8100 ext. 1268