Special Education

New York State Resource Center For Visually Impaired (RCVI)

Providing assistance to support students who are blind, visually impaired or print disabled in achieving high standards of
learning and independence.

New York State (NYS) RCVI - Brochure - PDF PDF Document (202 KB)
2A Richmond Avenue
Batavia, NY 14020

Information on
NYS American Printing House (APH)
Federal Quota & Operations of RCVI 

Deborah C. Stamp
Interim Superintendent & APH Ex Officio Trustee
585-343-5384 ext 205

APH Registration & Orders, National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)/National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) Support

Lisa DeSantis
585-343-5384 ext. 207

Textbook Depository        

Michael Harasimowicz (Temp.)
585-343-5384 ext. 418


Services Offered by the Resource Center (RCVI)

Ordering of APH Textbooks and Instructional Materials

Braille and large print textbooks and specialized instructional material manufactured by the APH for the Blind are provided free of charge to students registered with RCVI as legally blind through the Federal Quota Program. 

Textbook Depository that lends Braille/Large Print Books/Regents

RCVI has a collection of over 1,000 Braille textbooks, 4,000 large print text books, and 2,000 large print library books that can be borrowed free of charge for student use.  Most Regents and NYS 3-8 testing materials in Braille and large print going back 5 years are also available for students.

NIMAS/NIMAC Materials Information & Ordering

Provisions within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 require State and local educational agencies to ensure that textbooks and related core           instructional materials are provided to students with print disabilities in specialized formats in a timely manner.  Specialized formats include Braille, Large Print, Audio and Digital Text.  There are several sources to access specialized formats including NIMAC, Accessible Media Producers         (AMPs), commercial sources, as well as making your own materials. RCVI can provide support and guidance related to accessing specialized formats for students who are blind, visually impaired or print disabled.

Information & Referrals for questions on Blindness & Visual Impairment

A Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired/Orientation and Mobility Specialist is on staff to discuss visual conditions, instructional strategies, accommodations, and related topics with teachers, other service providers, parents and family members who need to know about blindness and visual impairment. 

Last Updated: August 12, 2010