Education and Early Childhood Development

Vision Loss

Definition

Students with vision loss ranging from mild to severe may require supports including technological assistance, and/or adaptations to teaching strategies and environmental arrangements.

Students, who have a moderate/severe vision loss and meet the following criteria, are eligible for the services of the itinerant teacher:

  1. Visual acuity of 20/70 or less in the better eye after correction; or
  2. A visual field of 20 degrees or less.

The itinerant teacher may offer some of the following services:

  • programming and transition assistance for all preschool children who are blind or visually impaired prior to their entering school
  • direct teaching in areas such as Braille, orientation and mobility, language, concepts, social skills, independent living skills, and use of low vision aids
  • recommendation for specialized equipment and materials

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