Comprehensive Low vision Program
The Comprehensive Low Vision Program (CLVP) is a year-round program that provides students who are legally blind with clinical low vision evaluations, prescribed optical devices, and training in the use of those devices. This program serves the state of Missouri. Some exceptions apply in and around Kansas City.
Students, ages 2 – 21, that have been identified as visually impaired according to Missouri’s guidelines for eligibility for special education. Applicants for the program are also considered based on their ability to benefit from prescribed optical device.
Students will receive, at no cost to their families, a comprehensive low vision evaluation, a complete written report with recommendations for appropriate low vision devices, any devices prescribed and instruction in the use of those devices in the student’s school, home, or community until he or she is proficient in using his or her new tools. The services provided by CLVP do not take the place of regular visits to the student’s primary eye care provider, such as his or her ophthalmologist or optometrist.
Numerous clinics will be held throughout each school year. These clinics take place throughout Missouri to best accommodate students from a variety of locations throughout the region. Dates and times will be set well in advance and publicized via the Lighthouse for the Blind Website as well as notifications sent thru list serves. Teachers may suggest clinic sites if they have a student population of 5 or more students. In addition, monthly CLVP low vision clinics take place at the Delta Gamma Center in St. Louis.
Upon referral, the student’s education team will be asked to provide the student’s most current visual assessments as well as an updated eye report and any vision related IEP goals (if applicable). Students will then be scheduled for their clinical low vision evaluation at the clinic location closest to the city in which they reside. Family members, vision and/or O&M instructors will attend the session to better understand the proposed solutions and to subsequently assist in the best utilization of the solution.
Students, ages 2 – 21, who meet Missouri’s eligibility criteria as a child with a visual impairment and who have good potential to benefit from low vision devices
September 3, 2019 – Delta Gamma Center St. Louis
October 15, 2019 – Lighthouse for the Blind, St. Louis
November 25, 2019 – Delta Gamma Center St. Louis
December 17, 2019 – Lighthouse for the Blind, St. Louis
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Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist
“The devices provided by CLVP are critical for Zach… He depends on them for homework, tests, and notes. They have helped him to improve both academically and with his confidence.”