Students visit Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville students majoring in physical education or minoring in special education had the opportunity to visit the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired on April 12. They experienced different learning situations through sitting in on classes and playing physical education games with students who have a visual impairment.
Health and physical education professor Timothy Swenson coordinated the trip as part of the Teaching Exceptional Children in Health and Physical Education course. It is one course in a series that is required to complete the Adapted Physical Education certification needed to teach children with impairments.
“This opportunity is really worth while for our students to expose them to students with vision impairments,” said Swenson. “They will bring back what they learn for classroom discussion and create lesson plans for future students.”
Dr. Rea Kirk, professor of special education, also attended the trip with her students. “Our students learned skills for successful integration and inclusion of students with disabilities into the community,” said Kirk. “They also learned new technology and the social issues associated with individuals with disabilities.”
To prepare for this visit, students practiced playing some of the physical education games in class such as beep baseball and goal ball. They also had a Skype session with Dustin Andrews, a teacher at the center.
The Pioneer Center for Community Engagement provided funding for transportation and equipment to practice the physical education games.
Contact: Timothy Swenson, health and physical education professor, (608) 342-1989, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Rea Kirk, special education professor, (608) 342-1279, email@example.com
Written by: Nicole Smith, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, firstname.lastname@example.org