for the Visually Impaired
for the Visually Impaired (VI) are supported by the N.I.A. for students
aged 3-21 with mild to severe vision impairments, including multiple disabilities
and blindness. Services are accessed through the local school districts
and special education cooperatives. These services include:
Illinois State Ocular Report for Persons with Visual Problems is available
This form requires 8 1/2 X 14 (legal size) paper.
Click here to download the Ocular
of the Visually Impaired
or consultative services
efficient use of vision
use of technology and adapted materials
current resources and information with team and parents
assistance supervision for programs and teachers
and curriculum development
information on eye conditions
to specialized resources
research, policy and procedural information
or consultative services
in safe, effective travel and mobility skills
in schools, neighborhoods and communities
and independence in travel
Comprehensive Transition Resource for Students with Visual Impairments
view a summarized list of the Transition Resource websites, click
To view the comprehensive Transition Resource packet, click here.
One of the unique opportunities available to assist students, parents,
and local school districts through the Vision Department are the Low Vision
Clinics held throughout the year.
These statewide clinics are sponsored by the Lions of Illinois Foundation
through their Seeing is Believing Program. A doctor from the
Spectrios Institute for Low Vision, provides a comprehensive visual
evaluation. The doctor is an optometrist who, through additional training,
has specialized in the area of low vision. Upon completion of the evaluation,
he or she prescribes specifically crafted optical devices such as glasses,
telescopes, magnifiers, and sunwear to maximize sight. In addition, the
program includes the opportunity for students and their families to meet
with a counselor and discuss adaptive training and future goals. Resources
are also available. Students with low vision kindergarten through 12th
grade are eligible to participate in the program.
Low vision refers to severe vision impairing disorders which cannot be
corrected with medical treatment, surgery, conventional glasses or lenses.
The NIA clinics are held throughout the ten county region and are based
on the need of each area. For more information or to register for a student
for a clinic please call Kathy Derr at 815-964-0937.
To Test Clinics
conjunction with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, NIA sponsors
number of Difficult-to-Test Vision Clinics each year. The clinics are located
in various areas throughout the NIA region, and are provided on an annual
or biannual basis.
are designed to provide one-time-only optometric examinations for students
who are considered "difficult to test". Many of the students served have
multiple disabilities, are deaf or hard of hearing, use alternative communication,
or have difficult behaviors. The clinics serve children age 0-21,
so infants currently being served through Early Intervention are also appropriate
referrals. Often there is not a local eye doctor who is skilled in
providing services to this population. The clinics should not be considered
a source of yearly
exams. The clinic does not fund glasses or other equipment.
no cost to the school districts or parents. The clinics are provided
in a school building or local administration center. The classroom teacher,
vision teacher, classroom paraprofessional, and parents are encouraged
the exam. Possible recommendations may include a prescription for glasses,
referral to the teacher of the visually impaired, or further testing.
3626 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
FAX (815) 964-2210
Jean Deptolla, Assistant Coordinator
2422 W. Main Street, Suite 3A
St. Charles, IL 60175
FAX (630) 513-1957