A Shared Vision is your early intervention partner for vision services. Our teachers offer consultative and ongoing home-based and community services for children who are blind, visually impaired or have vision concerns.
Who is eligible to receive vision services? Any child with an active Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) can access vision support services. If a family or provider has any concerns about a child’s vision, teachers from A Shared Vision are available for consultation to address the vision concerns or provide ongoing vision services when necessary.
Does a child need to have an eye report? No, an eye report is not needed before a referral for vision services can be made. Our teachers can help families understand the need for an eye exam with a pediatric ophthalmologist, explain what the visit may entail and provide names of local doctors to choose from.
Do all children need a Functional Vision Assessment (FVA)? No, an FVA is not necessary for all children with vision concerns. Recommendations for strategies, follow-up or ongoing services can be made without a full assessment. An FVA is typically reserved for children who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired.
What do consultative vision services look like? A teacher from A Shared Vision will meet with a family and their in-home providers to discuss the child’s vision concerns and answer questions about overall vision development and those specific to each individual child. We offer recommendations and strategies to support the child’s continued progress. We are familiar with local pediatric ophthalmologists and can share other vision-related resources as needed.
How do I get started? Whether you’re a caseworker for a Community Centered Board (CCB), an ophthalmologist, another early intervention service provider or a parent with concerns about their child’s vision, contact us at referrals@ASharedVision.org.