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Teacher for the Visually Impaired
805.579.6326 ext. 2035

Adaptive PE Teacher

Occupational Therapist
805.306.4500 Ext. 4355

Program Specialist II
805.306.4500 ext.4306

805.579.6326 (Leave Message)


 Adapted Physical Education:

We are a department of educators who assess and work with special education students who are having significant difficulty accessing the general Physical Education curriculum. The IEP Team may recommend interventions or pull-out service to help students in their areas of need. We focus on students who are deficient in the following: 

  • Gross Motor or large muscle skills
  • Object Control or ball/manipulative skills
  • Perceptual Motor including the cognitive and sensory motor development largely responsible for an individual’s ability to engage in athletic activities and interact with his or her environment
  • Physical Fitness - one's ability to sustain daily activities 

We love to play and hope to instill this love and a confidence in playing within every child with whom we interact.

 For more information, please email Brett McNulty.

Occupational Therapy, Adapted Physical Education, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and Vision Impaired services are four of the twelve related services offered by the Simi Valley Unified School District for those special education-eligible students who need these services, as determined by the student's Individual Education Program Team. Below is a brief description of those services, and a contact person for more information.

The Program for Students with Visual Impairments or Blindness of the Simi Valley Unified School District serves children from birth to age 22.   What Services Does a Teacher of the Visually Impaired Provide? A teacher of students with visual impairments (also called a vision specialist, VI teacher) is a credentialed special education teacher who has received specialized training in meeting the educational needs of students with visual impairments. The Teacher is not a tutor but will assist the student in using tools or compensatory skills to access the core curriculum and will instruct the student in areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum for students with visual impairments. The Teacher will work with the educational team by advising the team about ways of enhancing the student’s learning by adapting activities and materials to the student’s abilities. In addition, the Teacher will help choose appropriate educational materials, and will brainstorm with teachers and therapists about effective adaptations. By working together, classroom teachers, therapists, and the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments can create a classroom environment that encourages independence, academic success, and prepare the student to be the most productive member of their family and community that they can be.

To be eligible for vision services, a student must have a visual impairment which, even with correction, adversely affects a student’s educational performance.  The term visually impaired includes, for educational purposes:

  • Functionally blind students who rely basically on senses other than vision as their major channels of learning
  • Low vision students who use vision as a major channel for learning

The teacher(s) and orientation and mobility specialist play a primary role in teaching the students the skills included in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC).  The components of the ECC include:    

  • Compensatory or functional academic skills, including communication modes (Braille, magnification devices, large print)
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Social interaction skills
  • Independent living skills
  • Recreation and leisure skills
  • Career education
  • Use of assistive technology
  • Visual efficiency skills 

The Program for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in the Simi Valley Unified School District is a Total Communication Program that teaches a variety of ways to communicate that best suits the needs of each student. 

The elementary school program for students who are deaf or hard of hearing is housed at Mountain View Elementary School.  Credentialed Special Education Teachers use oral spoken English, Conceptually Accurate Signed English, as well as American Sign Language, and Assistive Technology to meet the needs of all students.  The program also emphasizes auditory learning to build language skills, and incorporates speech and language therapy as well as, support staff.  All  students who are deaf or hearing impaired in the district, Infant through high school, are integrated with hearing peers whenever possible.  Sign language interpreters are part of the program to help facilitate learning in the general education classes.  All students receive access to grade level California state standards, although instruction is modified and individualized as needed.   Many students who are deaf or hard of hearing can be mainstreamed in their neighborhood school and may receive itinerant services ranging from observation, interpreter services to pull-out services.

For more information, email Laine Podell, Program Specialist, or call at 805-306-4500 ext. 4306


American Council of the Blind

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

American Foundation for the Blind

American Printing House for the Blind 

California Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired

Family Connect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments 

National Federation for the Blind

Paths to Literacy for Students who are blind or Visually Impaired

Perkins School for the Blind

Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired



Occupational therapy primarily focuses on purposeful, goal directed activities that improve a student's functional performance during his/her school day, enabling them to access and benefit from their educational program. School occupational therapists assess the following areas:

  • Postural stability
  • Self-help skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual perception and integration
  • Sensory motor skills

Occupational therapy intervention may include adaptation of tasks or the environment in order to enhance student performance. For more information, email or phone the Occupational Therapist listed above.

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