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    Visually Impaired Program


     
    Visually Impaired Program (VI) is one of the Related Services under Special Education Department which provides services to students ages 3 through 22 with visual acuity of 20/70 or worse in the better eye with correction and/or severe visual field loss in both eyes. Eligibility is based on a medical report from an eye doctor and an assessed need for intervention. Referrals are accepted from school staff, parents, outside medical providers and community agencies. The School Nurse assigned in the schools obtains eye medical information and facilitate the referral process to the VI Program.


    The services range from VI itinerant services to students in general education classrooms; service in a VI special day program on a general education campus; itinerant services for students at a special education school and the school for the Visually Impaired. Additional support services include Orientation and Mobility, Braille transcription and reader services for the blind.

    The VI School Nurse is responsible for:

      •  Consult/communicate with eye care providers regarding the student’s eye 

         condition and collaborate/coordinate with school personnel, including the 
         school site nurse, to assist parents in obtaining eye medical information 
         and appointments

      •  Answer questions regarding initial referrals/VI eligibility guidelines for 
         District-wide school staff, parents and community agencies, and liaison 
         with parents/school staff to address concerns and questions about their 
         student’s case
     
      •  Assist the VI intake coordinator with initial intakes to determine appropriate 
         follow-up, facilitate/coordinate follow-up for VI evaluations and cases
     
      •   Participate in VI program case conferences, make home, hospital and 
         community visits to facilitate the process for the VI program
     
      •  Resource for school personnel regarding VI students on their campus, 
         provides in- service education/staff development to school staff regarding 
         pertinent heath issues and the VI program
     

    Resources:
     
    REF-5527.0 Visually Impaired Program: Referral, Assessment, and Scope of Service
     

    Contact:
     
     
    Mary K. Hansen-Adams, RN, BSN, PHN, MeD
    School Nurse
    Visually Impaired Program, Bellevue PC
    610 Micheltorena Street
    Los Angeles, California 90026
    Phone: 323-669-4363  |  Fax: 323-669-4366  |  mary.hansen@lausd.net
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