South Australian School for Vision Impaired - 1-B Duncan Avenue Park Holme SA 5043 - 0882775255South Australian School for Vision Impaired

Statewide Support Services

Our aim

To ensure students with vision impairments:

  • access, participate and succeed in all curriculum areas
  • develop independence
  • are supported in partnership with schools and parents.

Criteria for support

  • The student must have a current diagnosed vision impairment.
  • A recent ophthalmologist's report is necessary.
  • Visual acuity of 6/18 or less in the better eye after correction (wearing glasses or contact lenses) or a restricted visual field.
  • Support is determined by the needs of the student as identified in the Negotiated Education Plan (DECD) or equivalent in non-government sites.

Referral process

An ophthalmological report is essential before service can be provided.

Referrals can be made by an:

  • Ophthalmologist
  • School personnel
  • Parent
  • VI service providers
  • Disability coordinator

A referral package is forwarded to the site, requesting a medical report, parent consent to support, and a visual functioning checklist. Upon receipt of the forms, an assessment is made of whether the student meets criteria. If criteria for support are met, an Advisory teacher will visit within 2 weeks.

Click here for a referral package (400kb)

Provision of support

  • Observation and informal assessment of functional vision.
  • Information on specific eye conditions and educational implications for ongoing learning.
  • Assessment of the school environment.
  • Recommendations to teachers on strategies to facilitate full curriculum access.
  • Professional learning or staff, parents and relevant personnel.
  • Participation in the Negotiated Education Plan, Review meetings and at transition times.
  • Regular monitoring of the student's visual functioning.
  • Resources - low vision devices, large print books, sloping desk tops, dark lined stationery, audio equipment, specialised materials for Braille and independent living.
  • Information about and facilitation of student access to the Expanded Core Curriculum areas for low vision and Braille dependent students are:
    • Braille (where appropriate)
    • orientation and mobility
    • social skills
    • independent living skills
    • technology skills
    • use of functional vision
    • recreation and leisure
    • self advocacy
    • transition to post-school options.

Student and staff outcomes

  • Increased opportunities for learning through visual, tactual and auditory means.
  • Increased access to curriculum.
  • Increased staff awareness and understanding of vision impairments and appropriate teaching strategies and methodologies.
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