The Department of Education (DOE) offers Education Vision Services (EVS), which serves blind and low vision students ages 5 to 21. The program is part of Special Education District 75.
DOE places students in EVS programs by referral only. Students usually come to the program in one of three ways:
- A parent or teacher refers the child to the school Committee on Special Education (CSE). The child is then evaluated by the specialized CSE for the Hearing Handicapped and Visually Impaired (HHVI).
- A parent calls EVS to make inquiries and is referred to HHVI.
- An eye doctor refers a child to the State Commission for the Blind, which in turn asks the parent to contact HHVI.
Students must have a report from an eye doctor to enter the program.
The EVS curriculum is built for the specialized needs of students who are blind or low vision. Students get Resource Room (Supplemental Instruction) Services to help them participate fully in a regular classroom. The EVS curriculum follows the National Agenda for Children and Youth with Visual Impairment.
Jobs for EVS Students
EVS arranges community-based work experiences for students. It places students in the Summer Youth Employment Program and the Training Opportunities Program, gives school-to-work transition plans, and provides ongoing training inside and outside the classroom.
Call 311 for assistance by phone.