VI/O&M Mission Statement
"To provide programs and services to students who are visually impaired so that they can reach their maximum potential. Services are provided to improve independence not only in academic areas, but also in non-academic areas, by offering guidance to the student's family and professional expertise to the school system that the student attends."
Districts We Service
Livonia Public Schools Teacher Consultants for the Visually Impaired (TCVI) and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) provide VI/O&M services in the following districts:
- Crestwood Schools
- Garden City Public Schools
- Livonia Public Schools
- Northville Public Schools
- Westwood Community Schools
- Plymouth/Canton Community Schools
- Redford Union Schools
- Romulus Community Schools
- South Redford Schools
- Wayne/Westland Community Schools
- Van Buren Public Schools
- *Also provides services to homebound, early-on, and Public Service Academies within Western Wayne County*
Who Qualifies for VI/O&M Services?
Michigan Special Education Law (R 340.1708) below outlines the eligility criteria for a student to receive VI/O&M services:
(1) A visual impairment shall be determined through the manifestation of both of the following:
(a) A visual impairment which, even with correction, interferes with development or which adversely affects educational performance. Visual impairment includes both partial sight and blindness.
(b) One or more of the following:
(i) A central visual acuity for near or far point vision of 20/70 or less in the better eye after routine refractive correction.
(ii) A peripheral field of vision restricted to not more than 20 degrees.
(iii) A diagnosed progressively deteriorating eye condition.
(2) A determination of impairment shall be based upon a full and individual evaluation by a multidisciplinary evaluation team, which shall include an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
(3) If a student cannot be tested accurately for acuity, than functional visual assessments conducted by a teacher certified in visual impairment may be used in addition to the medical evaluation for determination of impairment.
(4) For students with visual impairment who have a visual acuity of 20/200 or less after routine refractive correction, or who have a peripheral field of vision restricted to not more than 20 degrees, an evaluation by an orientation and mobility specialist shall be conducted. The orientation and mobility specialist shall also include in the report a set of recommended procedures to be used by a mobility specialist or a teacher of students with visual impairment in conducting orientation and mobility training activities.
If you think that you have a child or student who qualifies for VI/O&M services, follow the steps below to begin the evaluation process.
- Obtain a current medical eye report from an Optometrist or Opthalmologist (pediatrician report does not qualify)
- Contact a special educator at your local school and inform them you are interested in VI/O&M services
- You may also contact the LPS VI/O&M Department directly by emailing Jessica Kusku, VI/O&M Department Chairperson firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have any questions regarding the process, you can also contact LPS Student Services Department at (734) 744-2615