The purpose of a clinical low vision evaluation is to provide functional, usable information about the visual abilities of an individual who has low vision. All students with low vision should participate in a low vision evaluation. Only a clinical low vision specialist can prescribe low vision devices that can help a student access printed information in their environment. This page provides information on what takes place during a clinical low vision evaluation.
The majority of students who are blind or visually impaired will need some form of assistive technology in order access print on paper as well as electronic forms. Assistive technology (AT) also provides a means for producing written information. Each students unique visual and learning needs must be considered when selecting the appropriate technology.. This page provides information on the components of the Assistive Technology Assessment.
Depending on a student's needs, they may also need an Orientation and Mobility evaluation to determine if they are in need of O&M services. All students who are identified as being blind or visually impaired should receive an O&M screening. The purpose of the screening is to determine if a student should be referred for an O&M evaluation. If there are any concerns identified in the screening process, the student should receive a formal O&M evaluation. This page describes an O&M evaluation.
It can be difficult to perform developmental, educational and psychological assessments on students who are blind or visually impaired using the standard tools. This is because the test must be adapted to make it accessible which can sometimes take away the validity of the test. This page addresses evaluations and assessments.
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