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State Superintendent’s Blind and Visual Impairment Education Advisory Council

Braille Subcommittee

Event Date

Monday, April 8, 2024 -
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
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Event Description


Council Purpose

The role of the State Superintendent’s Blind and Visual Impairment Education Council is to bring the voice of various special education stakeholders to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), share information from DPI with those stakeholder groups, and provide input on pending rules, regulations, and Wisconsin’s federal reporting to the U.S. Department of Education. DPI strives to have advisory councils that reflect the racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity of Wisconsin. Members serve a 3-year term and meet at least twice a year as described in the statute.

Council Functions

  1.  Advise the state superintendent on such statewide services, activities, programs, investigations, and research as in its judgment will benefit pupils who are visually impaired.
  2.  Make recommendations for the improvement of services provided by the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI).
  3.  Review the level and quality of services available to pupils in the state who are visually impaired and make recommendations about those services.
  4.  Propose to the state superintendent ways to improve the preparation of teachers and other staff who provide services to pupils who are visually impaired.
  5.  Propose to the state superintendent ways to improve coordination between the department and other agencies in providing services to persons who are visually impaired.


  • Introductions
  • Public Input and Comments
  • Discuss WCBVI involvement
  • Plan for next meetings
  • Adjourn

Further Information:

You may provide input to the meeting via letter, email, phone, or in person.
Please RSVP to April Peissig, Council Secretary, if you plan to attend the meeting.

Written input can be sent to the above email address or to:
State Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Blind & Visual Impairment Education
attn: April Peissig
1700 West State Street
Janesville, WI 53546


Via Zoom – Email for meeting information.


Advisory Council Chairperson and O&M subcommittee lead: Julie Hapeman,

DPI Liaison, Kay Rhode, DPI Liaison to the BVI Council, DPI Education Consultant, WCBVI Outreach, Orientation & Mobility Specialist,