• Learn as much as you can about the student’s specific visual impairment. What aspects of vision are affected, and how does that affect the student’s ability to move about the classroom, see the board, or read a textbook? Parents (and the student!) can be an excellent source of this information.

  • Learn about the many instructional and classroom accommodations that truly help students with visual impairments learn. We’ve listed a few in the resource section. Strongly support the student by making sure that needed accommodations are provided for classwork, homework, and testing. These will help the student learn successfully.

  • If you are not part of the student’s IEP team, ask for a copy of his or her IEP. The student’s educational goals will be listed there, as well as the services and classroom accommodations he or she is to receive.

  • Consult with others (e.g., special educators, the O&M specialist) who can help you identify strategies for teaching and supporting this student, ways to adapt the curriculum, and how to address the student’s IEP goals in your classroom.

  • Find out if your state or school district has materials or resources available to help educators address the learning needs of children with visual impairments. It’s amazing how many do!

  • Communicate with the student’s parents. Regularly share information about how the student is doing at school and at home.

Resources for Eye Exams and Glasses
NOTE: This list is not comprehensive, nor is it guaranteed to be up-to-date. Vision Support Services does not perform vision screenings or provide eye glasses. Vision Support Services serves students who have visual impairments or blindness and require an IEP to fully participate in the general education curriculum. Students who still have vision problems after receiving appropriate treatment by an eye care specialist should be referred to Vision Support Services. The eye doctor should complete an eye report form and that form should be sent to Vision Support Services.

Personal Health Insurance: Many parents will either pay for eye exams and glasses or use their family insurance to obtain eye exams and glasses for their children.

Tennessee Lions Vision Screening: The Tennessee Lions Eye Center, with the help of the Lions Club members across the state of Tennessee, has an Outreach Program that provides free vision screening to identify young children with eye problems.

For additional information about their vision screening program, contact the Tennessee Lions Outreach
State Headquarters 615-690-8644

Sights for Students: A Vision Service Plan (VSP) program provides free eye exams and free glasses to low income, uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network eye doctors, who provide the services.

A child who will benefit from Sight for Students services must meet the following criteria:

  • Family income is at or below 200% of federal poverty level
  • Child is not covered by Medicaid or other vision insurance
  • Child is 19 years old or younger and has not graduated high school
  • Child or parent is U.S. citizen or documented immigrant with social security number
  • Child has not used our program during the last 12 months
For more information about Sight for Students, call 1-888-290-4964.

Lenscrafters One Sight Program:
One Sight Program Coordinator - (931) 552-8999
For students without insurance that may require financial assistance for eye exams and/or glasses.
The phone number for Lenscrafters is (931) 552-2233, should you need to check on the status of a request for assistance.