For students not currently mandated for vision services
who are suspected of having a visual impairment:
If the suspected visual impairment affects the student’s ability to learn without assistive devices or modifications and/or impedes his or her ability to function independently in school or the larger community, a functional vision assessment (FVA) must be conducted by Educational Vision Services (EVS). Follow the below steps in order to obtain or rule out the need for services from a teacher of the visually impaired.
Cynthia Zambardino, EVS Evaluation Coordinator, email@example.com
or via fax at (917)256-4230 in order to determine if an FVA is warranted. A copy of the eye report must also be provided to the SBST or appropriate IEP team. NOTE - the case must be open in SESIS and parental consent for evaluation must be on file in order for the FVA to be conducted.
Best corrected visual acuity of 20/70 or less in the better eye and/or a field restriction of 60 degrees or less, or restrictions in acuity or field of vision that interfere with the learning process.
For more information contact the EVS office via telephone at (917) 256-4259 or email the appropriate EVS Supervisor:
Gregory H. Santamoor, EVS Director and Bronx Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Fridas, EVS Queens and Staten Island Supervisor, email@example.com
Giovanka Brignoni, EVS Brooklyn Manhattan Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org