Visually Impaired Services

We offer training and support for educators, including consultants to address a student's needs, a lending library of hardware, software and other tools, and a network of resources in all areas of resources for students with visual impairments. 


It is the mission of the Kent ISD Visually Impaired staff to expand the knowledge and use of adaptive instruction and assistive technology (AT) within the local districts so all students can learn in a manner which best meets their needs and abilities. Our purpose is to collaborate on teaching and learning, build district capacity and local staff skills, and address students' needs in a timely and cost effective manner.

Who We Are

A team including six Teacher Consultants for the Visually Impaired, four Orientation & Mobility Specialists and a Media Specialist from Kent ISD who work with instructional teams from all local area districts.

Who We Serve

Special Education students with visual impairments in local districts throughout Kent ISD, who require adaptive instructional methods and materials to achieve their educational goals.

Contact Info

VI Supervisor
  Bill Behrendt 616.365.2263
Media Center and VI Services Coordinator
  Amanda Kanitz 616.365.2352
Orientation & Mobility Specialists
  Michelle Cameron 616.364.1333 x.2516 
  Carol Lillie-Dausman       616.364.1333 x.2514  
  Nancy Misner     616.364.1333 x.2534
Teacher Consultants for the Visually Impaired     
  Lane Bucsi 616.364.1333 x.2521
  Leigh Ann Chachulski 616.364.1333 x.2517
  Joanne Hewartson 616.364.1333 x.2513
  April Makley 616.364.1333 x.2260
  Shannon Spettel 616.364.1333 x.2511 


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Media Center for the
Visually Impaired
Kent Transition Center
1800 Leffingwell NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525



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