Whereas, current Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (CTVI) preparation programs in the state of Texas do not have a standardized requirement for educator experience with blind and visually impaired students prior to certification; and

Whereas, under the current certification requirements, educators can obtain certification without having met a blind or visually-impaired person; and

Whereas, the absence of student teaching experience for teachers of the blind and visually-impaired can result in lowered expectations and a diminished quality of education for blind students in Texas.

Whereas, the NFB of Texas recognizes that blind and visually impaired students have unique educational needs, and

Whereas, the quality of training programs for teachers of the blind and visually-impaired has a critical impact on the educational opportunities and overall life chances of our blind children and youth;

Therefore, be it resolved that the NFB of Texas, in convention assembled this 25 day of October, 2009, recommends that CTVI programs in Texas) adopt a standardized practicum or student teaching requirement which ensures that certified instructors will have worked directly with blind and visually impaired students under the observation and assessment of a Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired.

Be it further resolved that the NFB of Texas work with certification programs around the state to see that this recommendation is implemented.