Educational Vision Services (EVS) is the largest education program in the world serving students who are blind and visually impaired from 5 to 21 years of age. It serves children who live in New York City. It is an organization within the New York City Department of Education, employing over 150 staff members who serve approximately 1,000 students throughout NYC. EVS programs are designed for any child whose vision is so impaired that functioning within the classroom cannot take place without the use of assistive materials and adaptive approaches.
Procedures for obtaining Educational Vision Services
are blind and visually impaired may participate in all areas of school life
including clubs, teams, trips, and work experience programs.
works collaboratively with more than one dozen agencies and community organizations
to ensure that students develop skills that promote productivity, independence,
EVS uses the Expanded Core Curriculum to help students with visual impairments prepare for independent functioning in school and the larger community.
Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired (TBVI) provides instruction in Braille, assistive technology, and compensatory techniques. The service we provide is called vision education or vision instruction, not to be confused with vision therapy, vision training or behavioral optometry which is provided by optometrists.
Orientation and Mobility Teacher
Orientation and mobility (O&M) instruction enables blind and low vision students to learn safe and purposeful travel.
O&M training is designed to improve the student's grasp of spatial and environmental concepts and use of information received by the senses for negotiating travel. We teach the use of low vision aids and/or the long cane to supplement visual travel skills for navigating the environment.
Orientation and Mobility Paraprofessional
Mobility Paraprofessionals are mandated for select visually impaired students who receive O&M instruction. They are only mandated to students who are unsafe independent travelers in the school upon completion of an evaluation from an O&M expert.