Educational Vision Services
Educational Vision Services (EVS) provides instruction in utilizing Braille, Nemeth Code, large print, optical and non-optical low vision devices and other skills that are necessary to attain academic, social, vocational and life adjustment skills, literacy and acquisition of information using tactile, visual, and auditory strategies.
This service is provided for students who are blind or have a visual impairment related to pathology of the eyes or visual pathways with a visual acuity no greater than 20/70 in the better eye with best correction or limitations in visual acuity and visual field which adversely affect student performance.
EVS is the largest education program in the world serving students who are blind and visually impaired from 5 to 21 years of age. EVS programs are designed for any child whose vision is so impaired that functioning within the classroom cannot take place without the use of assistive materials and adaptive approaches. Over 200 staff members serve more than 1,100 students throughout NYC.
EVS programs have a dual curriculum:
- the regular curriculum for sighted students
- the Core Curriculum for students with visual impairments.
The goal of EVS is to provide specialized services for students who are blind and visually impaired, in preparation for independent functioning in school and the larger community. EVS programs are designed for children whose visual impairment limits the ability to learn without assistive materials and adaptive approaches.
EVS teachers are licensed in the area of educating children who are blind or visually impaired. Specialized training includes instruction in braille, assistive technology for persons who are blind and visually impaired, and orientation and mobility. Students who are blind and visually impaired may participate in all areas of school life including clubs, teams, trips, and work experience programs.
EVS works collaboratively with more than one dozen agencies and community organizations to ensure that students develop skills that promote productivity, independence, and dignity.
Orientation and mobility services are provided for students with visual impairments who require instruction to improve their ability to perceive and move safely in their environment. Find out more about Mobility & Orientation Services