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Program for the Visually Impaired


Regional services for the visually impaired are designed to enhance children’s educational success by providing information, materials, instruction and support to school staff.


Areas of assessment include functional vision, developmental skills, orientation and mobility, and learning media.

Specialists assist school staff and families in IFSP/IEP development and implementation, inclusion strategies, and transition planning. Recommendations for appropriate equipment, including low vision aids and technology may also be provided. Specialists also provide inservice training regarding vision impairment.

Direct Instruction
Children eligible for services may receive direct instruction in the following areas:

  • Concept development
  • Skills needed to adapt for vision loss
  • Low vision aids and/or assistive devices
  • Braille
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Transition

Adaptive or Specialized Materials
Resources available for loan include large print, audio or Braille materials.


The Oregon Administrative Rules (OARS) describe the guidelines to determine eligibility for these services.

Program for the Visually Impaired

Refer a Child for an Evaluation

Cascade Regional Services are accessed through the local early intervention unit or educational agency where the child attends school.

How to refer a child

Cascade Regional Program – Contact

Program Administrator:
Cindy Madden

Admin. Assistant:
Lisa Schoen