Services provided by SESA Vision Impairment Program
The SESA highly qualified, vision impairment educators support in the following areas of need:
- Provide functional vision exam.
- Assist with the development and implementation of student's IEP/instructional programs.
- Recommend intervention strategies.
- Demonstrate and/or teach specialized strategies to local school personnel, parents, and community.
- Assist district in obtaining specialized instructional materials and /or in adapting available material/equipment.
- Provide interagency liaison.
- Provide topical in-services and workshops.
- Provide orientation and mobility training of student and support staff.
To be able to provide individualized support we complete a functional vision exam. The functional vision evaluation component entails a review of the student eye exam records from an optometrist or ophthalmologist, a review of records of previous functional vision evaluations, a discussion with staff of the visual strengths and weakness exhibited by the student, and finally a formal session of observation/ evaluation. How does the student function in various lighting conditions? How does contrast and color affect a student's ability to see? Does distance make a difference to the student? Are there any problems with depth perception, figure-ground, or visual complexity? What size print is most effective for a student when they are looking at a price tag? When they are reading a social studies book? The functional vision evaluation will help make the information from doctors eye exam in a controlled office setting useful in the school, home, and outdoor settings.
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