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Registration Closed.
Agency: Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction
Agency Contact: Kay Glodowski
Location: Holiday Inn Wausau - Rothschild
1000 Imperial Ave
Rothschild, WI 54474
Facility: Crystal 1
Date/Time:
6/19/2019 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM Shared day for both VIISA and INSITE
6/21/2019 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM INSITE concludes

These events are "train the trainer".  Upon completion, you may be contracted with to provide VIISA and/or INSITE training to service providers through-out Wisconsin. 

Vision In-Service in America (VIISA)

VIISA is designed to provide information about 0-5 year olds with visual impairments and their families to professionals in early intervention settings.
This course is available to early interventionists with a Bachelor’s degree in Varying Exceptionalities, Vision, Special Education, Early Childhood, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language, Deaf Education or in a related field of study.

The VIISA Project was developed to provide in-service training to early intervention and early childhood personnel serving young children, ages birth to five, with blindness and visual impairments. Two courses are offered in this project:

  • The first course focuses on working with infants and toddlers.  

  • The second course focuses on working with preschoolers in center-based settings.

In-home Sensory Impaired Training and Education (INSITE)

The INSITE program offers home-based support and resources for families with infants, toddlers and preschoolers, age birth to five, with sensory impairments and additional disabilities (MDSI).  

The INSITE resource manual contains information and activities for families on early communication, vision, hearing, motor, daily care, and cognition/play. Additional information on gathering data for the IFSP, child assessment, program planning, family issues, and psycho-emotional support for families is included in the manual.

  • Topics covered include:

    • Working with families – partnerships, grief, communication, family dynamics, culture, teaming, and family-focused interviews

    • Deaf/hard of hearing – etiology, audiograms, hearing aids, cochlear implants, auditory development, language methodologies, and communication interaction

    • Blind/vision impairments – etiology, medical vision reports, adapting for and optimizing vision environments, functional vision assessments

    • Basic communication and cognition – cues, signals, informal and formal

    • Motor development – gross and fine, feeding, positioning, and self-help

    • Application of the model – getting around in the natural environment, assessment, family writing outcomes, assessment and evaluation, IFSP development, and transition to center-based programs