Support Services for Students with Disabilities

Blind or Low Vision

Ophthalmologists are the primary professionals involved in diagnosis and medical treatment of individuals who are blind or have low vision. Optometrists provide information regarding the measurement of visual acuity as well as tracking and fusion difficulties. The diagnostician must be an impartial individual who is not a family member of the student.

The following guidelines are provided to assist the Office of Academic Support Services in collaborating with each student to determine appropriate accommodations. Documentation serves as a foundation that legitimizes a student's request for appropriate accommodations.

Recommended documentation includes:

Further assessment by an appropriate professional may be required if co-existing learning disabilities or other disabling conditions are indicated. The student and the Office of Academic Support Services collaboratively determine appropriate accommodations.

Source: The Policy Book, LRP Publications, 2000