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Vision Impairment: Oregon Administrative Rules

If a child is suspected of having a vision impairment, the following evaluation shall be conducted:

  • A medical statement by an ophthalmologist or optometrist licensed by a State Board of Examiners indicating that the child has a vision impairment;
  • Assessments to determine the impact of the suspected disability
    • On the child’s educational performance for a school-age child; or
    • On the child’s developmental progress for a preschool child; and
  • Additional evaluations or assessments that are necessary to identify the child’s educational needs, including a functional assessment of the child’s residual visual acuity or field of vision.

For a child suspected of having a vision impairment, the child shall meet one or more of the following minimum criteria:

  • The child’s residual acuity is 20/70 or less in the better eye with correction;
  • The child’s visual field is restricted to 20 degrees or less in the better eye;
  • The child has an eye pathology or a progressive eye disease which in the opinion of the ophthalmologist is expected to reduce either residual acuity or visual field according to the criteria stated; or
  • The assessment results of a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist are inconclusive, or the child demonstrates inadequate use of residual vision.

For a child to be eligible for special education services as a child with vision impairment, the child’s team shall determine that:

  • The child’s disability has an adverse impact:
    • On the child’s educational performance for a school-age child; or
    • On the child’s developmental progress for a preschool child; and
  • The child needs special education services or, for a preschool child, EI/ECSE services, as a result of the disability.

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
541.812.2770
Email

Admin. Assistant:
Lisa Schoen
541.812.2771
Email