For children with a diagnosed visual impairment that adversely affects their education, the vision support program is dedicated to developing individual strategies and providing instruction in the visual compensatory skills necessary for them to access their educational program.
According to IDEA 2004, children who have a measured visual acuity of 20/70 or worse in the better eye with correction or who have a visual field of 20 degrees or less are eligible for visual support.
Curriculum and Instruction
The itinerant vision support program provides services to support the established curriculum for visually impaired students from early intervention through high school that are enrolled in regular or special education classes. Vision support teachers evaluate each student's needs and abilities, participate in team meetings, develop strategies and provide instruction necessary to implement programming for children who exhibit vision difficulties that adversely affect their educational achievement.
Itinerant vision support teachers provide input for evaluation reports (ER) and along with the educational team, complete Individual Education Programs (IEPs) and maintain student records, including data on the instructional program, progress and attendance. Itinerant vision support teachers conduct learning media assessments and functional vision assessments to ensure students have an appropriate educational program.
Teaching activities focus on acquisition of specific skills which aid the student in compensating for their visual loss. Specialized materials, technical assistance, technology support, assessment, acquisition and training in the use of assistive devices for the visually impaired are provided based on individual needs.
Orientation and mobility training is offered as a related service to eligible students enrolled in the vision support program. This training prepares students to negotiate safely, efficiently and independently in both indoor and outdoor familiar and unfamiliar environments.
Vision support is provided within the educational setting to students who have a documented visual impairment that adversely affects educational performance. Students may receive instruction in compensatory skills relating to blindness or visual impairment.
Vision therapy is the training and rehabilitation of the eye and brain connections involved in vision. It is a series of progressive therapeutic procedures where individuals develop or recover normal visual skills. This therapy is performed outside of the school setting by a medical professional certified in this field.