Upcoming Events

2021 Virtual Pre-EmployAbility Skills Program

Registration is now open for the 2021 Virtual Pre-EmployAbility Skills Program.  The dates for the program are July 6-16, and the deadline for interest forms is Friday, May 14.  This program is for students age 16-21 and who are interested in gaining skills relating to finding and keeping a job.  The program will consist of a week of online classes in the areas of employment skills, daily living and community safety.  A second week will involve 10 hours of paid work.  Work will be from the student’s home with support from online instructors.  

For more information, please contact Dave Ballmann at david.ballmann@wcbvi.k12.wi.us, by phone at 608-758-6149 or access the program flyer here: Flyer 2021 Virtual Pre-EmployAbility Skills Program.

2021 Virtual Pre-EmployAbility Skills Program Interest Form

Braille Refresher Course 

July 26 – 29, 2021

It is going to be virtual and registration is free.  More information to follow.

If you are interested in taking the Braille Refresher Course this year, please fill out our survey to help us make plans. A registration form will be sent at a later date.

There is currently no schedule for the WI Braille Competency Exam in 2021. Information will be sent as it becomes available.

WI Braille Refresher Course 2021 Survey

Braille Competency Exam Registration

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI) Outreach will be proctoring the Wisconsin Braille Competency Exam (WBCE). Due to COVID-19, the WBCE will be offered at the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI) in Janesville, WI, on July 30, 2021. Visit the online registration form.

WCBVI Mentoring Program Call for Proteges!

The WCBVI Mentoring Program matches newly-licensed teachers of the visually impaired (TVIs) and orientation and mobility instructors (O&Ms) who have completed their O&M training with experienced vision professionals in Wisconsin schools. Do you have someone who fits this situation?

WCBVI is pleased to provide vision-specific mentoring for Wisconsin’s newly-licensed Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Instructors! This program strives to provide a mentor through the first year of employment and for one entire school year beyond when all training and certification requirements are completed.

To participate in this program an O&M must have completed an O&M program approved by the association for education and rehabilitation of the blind and visually impaired (AER) and hold a valid O&M license from DPI.

A Teacher of the Visually Impaired protege must have a current teaching license. Apply for an Educator License

If the TVI protege has a license based on reciprocity they will find information here. Pathways to Licensure

Contact Kay Rhode at kay.rhode@wcbvi.k12.wi.us or Alisha Ragainis at alisha.ragainis@wcbvi.k12.wi.us.