Early intervention services for children ages birth to five years with visual impairments are available through the Governor Morehead Preschool Program. This program, which is based in Raleigh but operates satellite programs in seventeen locations, provides itinerant services to children and their families in all 100 North Carolina counties. These services are provided by early interventionists trained to meet the unique needs of children who are visually impaired. The program is geared to prepare children to function successfully and independently in a wide variety of kindergarten placements. Intervention strategies focus on community-based experiences that incorporate a strong emphasis on developing pre-Braille, Braille, pre-Orientation and Mobility, and Orientation and Mobility skills, with instruction and intervention provided across all developmental domains.
The goal of The Governor Morehead Preschool Program is to help children with visual impairments gain skills and self-confidence. Because it is critical to begin contact with these children as early in the process as possible, the Preschool Program serves visually impaired children from birth through age four.
The Governor Morehead EIP services are community based. Teachers based in satellite locations across the state visit the children in their homes or in their community-based day care center.
Services provided by the Early Intervention Program receive (as needed):
- In-depth developmental evaluations designed for children with visual impairments
- Occupational and physical therapy
- Orientation and mobility training
- Low-vision, pre-Braille and Braille training
- Speech therapy
- Training and support for parents