Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired (TBVI) provides instruction in Braille, assistive technology, expanded core curriculum, 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.
Procedures for Obtaining Educational Vision Services
If a 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, a functional vision assessment (FVA) must be conducted by a Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired.
Follow the below steps in order to obtain or rule out the need for services from a teacher of the visually impaired.
- Make a referral through your home district by contacting your Special Education Director/Administrator 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 applicable)
Forward the current eye report(s) to:
To qualify for special education services in the category of visual impairment, including blindness, the child must have: an impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child’s educational, or in the case of a child below age five, a child’s developmental performance. This category includes children who have partial sight or blindness.