Oregon Oregon Department of Education

Rule Rule 581-015-2180
Visual Impairment

(1) If a child is suspected of having a visual impairment, the following evaluation must be conducted:
(a) A vision examination by a person licensed to practice optometry under ORS chapter 683 or by the appropriate authority in another state or a physician who specializes in ophthalmology and who is licensed under ORS 677 or by the appropriate authority in another state. The vision examination should indicate whether:
(A) The child has a vision impairment that is uncorrectable by medical treatment, therapy or lenses; or
(B) The vision examination results are inconclusive, and the child demonstrates inadequate use of residual vision;
(b) A functional vision assessment conducted by a teacher of the visually impaired to identify the child’s educational and compensatory needs, including a functional assessment of the child’s residual visual acuity or field of vision; and
(c) Any additional assessments determined by the evaluation team to be necessary to determine the impact of the suspected disability:
(A) On the child’s educational performance for a school-age child; or
(B) On the child’s developmental progress for a preschool child.
(2) For a child to be eligible for special education services as a child with visual impairment, the eligibility team must determine that:
(a) The child’s visual impairment, even with corrections, has an adverse impact on the child’s educational performance; and
(b) The child needs special education services as a result of the disability.

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