The NC DPI Visual Impairment Outreach Team

Visual impairment is a low incidence condition, but it can have a high impact on student performance. Material and equipment must be carefully chosen to meet the unique needs of each student with a visual impairment. The Exceptional Children Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has developed a Statewide System of Support for Students with Visual Impairments (Visual Impairment, or VI, Outreach Team) to help local education agencies (LEAs) understand and meet the needs of their students with visual impairments.
A map of North Carolina shows the 8 DPI districts in various colors.

Team Members

NC DPI Visual Impairment Outreach Team
Each name is linked with their corresponding email address

Sherri Vernelson
Section Chief, Sensory Support & Assistive Technology (SSAT)

Terri Terrell
Administrative Assistant

William Tubilleja
VI Consultant, Regions 1 & 2 (temporarily covering Regions 3 & 4 also)
Low Vision/AT Consultant
APH Ex Officio Trustee

Claire Hakin
Statewide Orientation & Mobility Consultant

VI Consultant, Regions 7 & 8 (temporarily covering Regions 5 & 6 also)
AT Consultant Regions 5 - 8

VI Consultant, Regions 5 & 6

VI Consultant, Regions 3 & 4

Rebecca Skaar
Instructional Materials Center Systems Specialist

NC VI Listserv

To join the North Carolina listserv for education professionals working in the area of visual impairment, send an email to



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Expanded Core Curriculum links


Cortical Visual Impairment

Distance Learning, Demonstration Videos

Organization aids for TVIs


Comments and questions

Please email your questions or comments to your regional consultant or other team member.