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michigan orientation mobility severity rating scales tools supported by data

Michigan Orientation & Mobility Severity Rating Scales: Tools Supported by Data

Susan Langendonk

Susan Bradley

Dawn Anderson

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Michigan Severity Rating ScalesHistory and Development

  • Adapted from the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania model beginning in 1995
  • Published and disseminated by the Michigan Department of Education – Special Education Services
michigan severity rating scales history and development
Michigan Severity Rating ScalesHistory and Development
  • Orientation and Mobility Severity Rating Scale (OMSRS)
  • Orientation and Mobility Severity Rating Scale for students with Additional Needs (OMSRS+)
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History and Development Orientation & Mobility Scales Revised 2008
  • MDE-LIO Orientation and Mobility Task Force formed in November 2007
  • Revising Michigan Orientation and Mobility Severity Rating Scale-Task Force’s first project
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History and Development Orientation & Mobility ScalesRevised 2008
  • Web search indicated OMSRS was being used and referenced in documents in several other states
  • Referred to in O&M university preparation programs
  • MDE-LIO Task Force did an on-line survey in March 2008
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History and Development Orientation & Mobility ScalesRevised 2008
  • Presented in working sessions at MAER Conference, Livonia, MI, April 2007 and 2008
  • Presented in a working session at AER International Conference in Chicago, July 2008
history and development orientation mobility scales revised 20087
History and Development Orientation & Mobility ScalesRevised 2008
  • Field Tested in Michigan
  • Article in AER Journal Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness Winter 2009
  • Updated OMSRS and added OMSRS+ to MDE-LIO and TSBVI websites November 2008
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Michigan Severity Rating ScalesHistory and Development

Internationally recognized

  • Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
  • Colorado Department of Education Guidelines for Caseload Formula
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Michigan Severity Rating ScalesHistory and Development

Internationally recognized

  • Massachusetts Assoc. of Educators of VI Students
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Scholarly references
michigan severity rating scales
Michigan Severity Rating Scales

What they are:

  • A data collection tool
  • A guide based on best practices
  • Guideline for IEP team service discussion
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Michigan Severity Rating Scales

What they are not:

  • Not an assessment
  • Not a severity of disability but a severity of student’s need for services
  • Not a pre-determiner of service
  • Not the only data source
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Scenarios

Several students were described for both the O&MSRS and the O&MSRS+.

Visual status, academic setting and other characteristics that are crucial to determining the severity of need for services were outlined.

Respondents were asked to fill out the Scales, then answer questions.

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OMSRS Suggestions for Change:

Severity of Need Profile

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OMSRS Suggestions for Change:

Contributing Factors

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OMSRS Suggestions for Change:

Recommendations for Services

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OMSRS Suggestions for Change:

Positive Impacts on Services

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OMSRS+ Suggestions for Change:

Severity of Need Profile

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OMSRS+ Suggestions for Change:

Contributing Factors

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OMSRS+ Suggestions for Change:

Recommendations for Services

components of caseload analysis
Components of Caseload Analysis
  • Service information from the Michigan Severity Rating Scales
  • Additional hours per week needed for support
  • Hours per week for travel
contact information
ContactInformation
  • bradleys1@michigan.gov
  • langendonks@michigan.gov
  • dawn.l.anderson@wmich.edu
resources
Resources
  • MDE-LIO – Michigan Severity Rating
  • Scales:
      • http://tinyurl.com/44yq947
  • Caseload Analysis Resources:
      • http://tinyurl.com/453fy8j
      • http://tinyurl.com/43ebsrx
michigan state board of education
Michigan State Board of Education

John C. Austin

President

Casandra E. Ulbrich

Vice President

Nancy Danhof

Secretary

Marianne Yared McGuire

Treasurer

Rick Snyder, Governor

Michael P. Flanagan

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Richard Zeile

NASBE Delegate

Kathleen N. Straus

Daniel Varner

Eileen Lappin Weiser