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Vision Services

Vision Services
Student eligibility for vision services requires information from a licensed eye specialist and a teacher of students with visual impairments. The medical professional must make a statement regarding seriousness of the student’s visual loss. The teacher must evaluate the student’s functional vision relative to the educational and mobility needs and must determine appropriate learning media.
How is a student determined eligible for VI services?
The ARD Committee will determine eligibility for services using the following criteria:
Infants and toddlers (birth to three) who are blind or have a “serious visual loss” after correction, and for whom the loss is interfering or can be expected to interfere with normal patterns of development, or
Students (ages 3 through 21) whose visual loss after correction is so severe that it adversely affects their educational performance in general education or special education
What is CTVI?
It is a professional who is a Certified Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments.
What is the role of the CTVI?
The CTVI may provide direct instruction to a student with a visual impairment on a consul basis. CTVIs provide support services by attending ARD meetings, assisting with Individual Education Plan (IEP) development, actively participating on the educational team and assisting with materials and modifications for students with visual impairments.
What are O & M?
Orientation and Mobility. The purpose of O & M training is to provide instruction for safe, efficient and independent travel in familiar and unfamiliar environments.
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