In November 2007, in answer to concerns raised by stakeholders, the Minister of Education requested a review of the services for students who are blind or visually impaired. The purpose of the review was to determine what supports and services were required to enhance and address the educational programming needs for students with vision loss in Alberta. In May 2008, Education Minister Dave Hancock announced new funding of $9.3 million over three years to enhance supports for students with vision loss in Alberta through the Students with Vision Loss Initiative (SVLI). The Inclusive Learning Supports Branch (formerly Special Education Branch), Learning Resources Centre (LRC) and Learner Assessment Sector of Alberta Education worked collaboratively in the coordination and leadership of this initiative which began in May of 2008 and concluded on March 31, 2011. To view a summary report of this initiative, please see the link below.
To learn more about the Students with Vision Loss Initiative: