Educational Vision ServicesEducational Vision Services (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.The goal of EVS is to provide specialized services to students in preparation for independent functioning in school and the larger community. Students who are blind and visually impaired may participate in all areas of school life. EVS works collaboratively with more than one dozen agencies and community organizations to ensure that students develop skills that promote productivity, independence, and dignity.
Procedures for Obtaining Educational Vision ServicesTeacher of the Visually Impaired The Teacher of the Visually Impaired provides instruction in Braille, assistive technology, and compensatory techniques. The service we provide is called vision education or vision instruction, not to be confused with vision therapy, vision training or behavioral optometry which is provided by optometrists. Orientation and Mobility Teacher Orientation and mobility (O&M) instruction enables blind and low vision students to learn safe and purposeful travel. O&M training is designed to improve the student's grasp of spatial and environmental concepts and use of information received by the senses for negotiating travel. We teach the use of low vision aids and/or the long cane to supplement visual travel skills for navigating the environment. Orientation and Mobility Paraprofessional Mobility Paraprofessionals are mandated for select visually impaired students who receive O&M instruction. They are only mandated to students who are unsafe independent travelers in the school upon completion of an evaluation from an O&M expert.EVS website (external)EVS Forms and Files
Procedures for Obtaining Educational Vision Services
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