VI Statewide Support
APH Federal Quota System
Beginning July 1, 2015, LEAs should have Functional Vision Assessment, Learning Media Assessment, vision specific assistive technology evaluations and Orientation and Mobility evaluations administered by a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) or Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS).
Although each professional's experience providing assessments will vary, such are trained to administer non-medical assessments that address visual or mobility needs for students with visual impairment. A Clinical Low Vision Evaluation is a medical evaluation that a TVI or COMS does not administer; rather, a certified low vision optometrist conducts the evaluation in order to determine the need for optical and non-optical devices for students with low vision. The prescribed devices assist the student in accessing print more efficiently within the educational environment.
For more information or questions, please contact your regional Consultant for Vision Impairment.
Memo VI Assessment Support
For more information on upcoming professional development opportunities, please refer to postings on the NCVI List-Serve. If you are interested in subscribing to the NCVI List-Serve, please contact Amy Campbell, 919.807.3988.
The EC Division, in conjunction with stakeholders, has updated the process for students to receive a clinical low vision evaluation. For information on the new process, please read the information below:
For information on what to expect during a low vision evaluation, please read the following:
Under IDEA 2004 addressing assistive technology:
Sec. 300.105 Assistive technology.
(a) Each public agency must ensure that assistive technology devices or assistive technology services, or both, as those terms are defined in Sec. Sec. 300.5 and 300.6, respectively, are made available to a child with a disability if required as a part of the child's--
(1) Special education under Sec. 300.36;
(2) Related services under Sec. 300.34; or
(3) Supplementary aids and services under Sec. Sec. 300.38 and 300.114(a)(2)(ii).
(b) On a case-by-case basis, the use of school-purchased assistive technology devices in a child's home or in other settings is required if the child's IEP Team determines that the child needs access to those devices in order to receive FAPE.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(1), 1412(a)(12)(B)(i) )