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Central Okanagan Public Schools
SD No. 23
Together We Learn
Vision Resource

​Who qualifies for this service?

Students qualify for this service, as determined by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, if they have one of the following:

    • a visual acuity of 6/21 (20/70) or less in the better eye after correction
    • a visual field of 20 degrees or less
    • any progressive eye disease with a prognosis of becoming one of the above in the next few years
    • an uncorrectable visual problem or reduced visual stamina such that the student functions as if his/her visual acuity is limited to 6/21 (20/70) or less

Who provides the service?

Description of staff qualifications:

    • a master’s degree or diploma in the education of the visually impaired
    • vision resource teachers may have orientation and mobility training and/or certification

How is the service provided?

Vision resource teachers:

    • provide direct instruction in the areas of the expanded core curriculum:
        • visual efficiency skills
        • adapted technology
        • orientation and mobility
        • braille
        • social interactions kills
        • independent living skills
        • recreation and leisure skills
    • contribute to Individualized Education Goals
    • perform functional vision assessments
    • consult with the School-Based Team regarding program requirements
    • interpret opthamological reports
    • make referrals to and collaborate with outside service providers
    • request alternate format materials from the Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI) to support the student's curriculum (may include Braille, large-print materials, tapes, e-text, special kits, etc.)