Vision Support

Vision Support

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Referral Process
  • District LEA completes a “Request for Vision Evaluation and/or Services” form and secures Superintendent’s signature.
  • District LEA secures parental consent for Vision Evaluation through Permission to Evaluate/Reevaluation Form.
  • District LEA obtains copy of most recent vision screening results and any relevant medical evaluations or records.
  • District LEA forwards a copy of the following to Vision Services Program Supervisor:
    • Request for Vision Evaluation and/or Services form
    • Copy of Permission to Evaluate/Reevaluate form with parental consent
    • Copy of most recent vision screening and any medical evaluations or records
    • Copy of most recent IEP/ER
  • Program Supervisor for Vision Support Services forwards referral packet to appropriate staff.

Vision Support Staff conducts evaluation to determine eligibility and need for services and submits Evaluation Report to the local school district.  The evaluation typically includes: functional vision assessment, classroom observation, review of records, input from educational staff and parental input.

[A visual impairment including blindness means an impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child’s education performance.  The term includes both partial sight and blindness.  Chapter 14 PA Regulations]


Services Provided

  • The MIU IV provides an itinerant level of vision support services for students who are able to participate in general education classes with adaptations/modifications, academic support, and/or consultative support.
  • A resource level of vision support is available for students who require more intensive interventions.  This may include a combination of general education classes and direct instruction by the vision teacher in compensatory skills and concepts [ie/braille instruction, technology instructions, visual efficiency instruction.]
  • Orientation and mobility services are also provided to blind or visually impaired students who need to attain systematic orientation to and safe movement within their environments in school, home, and community.
  • For blind or visually impaired students in need of a more restrictive educational placement there are Approved Private School options in PA for the team to consider.