If the suspected visual impairment affects the student’s ability to learn without assistive devices or modifications and/or impedes his or her ability to function independently in school or the larger community, a functional vision assessment (FVA) must be conducted by Educational Vision Services (EVS). Follow the below steps in order to obtain or rule out the need for services from a teacher of the visually impaired.
For students not currently mandated for vision services
who are suspected of having a visual impairment:
- Contact the family and obtain a current eye report (date of examination must be within the past calendar year)
- The eye report must be from an ophthalmologist or optometrist and must include the following information:
- Visual diagnosis
- Best corrected visual acuity in both eyes
- Visual Field information
- Safety alerts
- If a current eye report is not available, provide the family with an E12S Eye report form to be completed by the eye care specialist (ophthalmologist or optometrist) upon completion of the examination.
- Forward the completed eye report to Cynthia Zambardino, EVS Evaluation Coordinator, via email at email@example.com or via fax at (917) 256-4230 in order to determine if an FVA is warranted. A copy of the eye report must also be provided to the SBST or appropriate IEP team. NOTE - the case must be open in SESIS and parental consent for evaluation must be on file in order for the FVA to be conducted.
- If an FVA is necessary, a representative of EVS will contact the IEP team and an evaluation will be scheduled by a teacher of the visually impaired. If not already on file, parental consent for evaluation should be obtained at this point by a member of the IEP team and the case should be opened in SESIS.
- The purpose of an FVA is to determine how a student uses vision to access educational materials within the school environment. The FVA may include the determination of recommended font, size, contrast, and focal distance of learning media, as well as suggested accommodations and testing modifications. If services are recommended, the FVA will include IEP goals and objectives with suggested frequency and duration of services.
Best corrected visual acuity of 20/70 or less in the better eye and/or a field restriction of 60 degrees or less, or restrictions in acuity or field of vision that interfere with the learning process.
For more information contact Cynthia Zambardino, EVS Evaluation Coordinator, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at (917) 256-4228.