By: Carmen Willings
As part of the Functional Vision Evaluation, it is necessary to assess the student's distance visual acuities (including their intermediate and distance responses). The technique used will vary depending on the students cognitive abilities.
Assess the student's distance vision using a combination of informal and formal devices. Assessment should include classroom activities, such as reading the chalkboard, as well as activities that take place outside the classroom, such as reading a banner in a hallway, catching a ball in a PE class, or identifying the bus after school. A formal distance-screening procedure should be included in the functional vision assessment to act as a comparison with clinical measures provided in the report of the clinical low vision specialist. Functional tasks using distance vision should include familiar an unfamiliar ones under different lighting conditions.
Depending on the results of the Distance Visual Acuity, the following strategies, recommendations, and accommodations may be necessary to meet the students unique visual needs:
This presentation provides a walk-through of the process and steps of conducting a Functional Vision Evaluation and Learning/Reading Media Assessment. Key points include interpreting the eye report, materials to use in the assessment, conducting interviews and observations as well as strategies for direct assessment and writing a professional and thorough report that is informative to all audiences. Next steps are also covered including the importance of a low vision assessment, determining the need for additional assistive technology and implications for service.
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