Vision Services are provided to students who have a “serious vision loss after correction” and/or are “legally blind” as documented by a licensed eye specialist, have been assessed by a Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialist, and found to have a serious vision loss which adversely affects their academic performance. A student who is deemed eligible as a student with a visual impairment (VI) by the ARD/IEP committee will receive services from a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and/or an Orientation and Mobility specialist.
These services could include specially designed instruction, accommodations, modifications, direct instruction in one or more areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum to aide in accessing the curriculum, and technology supports including the use of Braille and magnification. The Vision Teacher travels to the student's assigned school or education setting to provide consultative services to the classroom teacher and/or student as well as direct instruction. These services may include pull-out instruction, collaboration, consult, or in-class support based on student needs. The ARD/IEP committee determines the type and amount of services needed based on the findings of the Functional Vision and Learning Media Assessment and the student’s strengths/weaknesses in the areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum.
Evaluation information and recommendations from the Orientation and Mobility Specialist will also be considered by the ARD/IEP committee. An Orientation and Mobility specialist is a human services professional who specializes in helping the visually impaired acclimate to their physical environment. Training in O&M may be provided if a student qualifies for VI eligibility and is deemed eligible for services by the ARD/IEP committee based upon the Orientation and Mobility evaluation and the student’s strengths/weaknesses in the areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum.