The Youth Low Vision Program provides special optometric evaluations, glasses, and other low vision devices (limited to those worn on the head) for children ages 0-26 with a visual acuity of 20/70 in the better eye or with a restricted field of 20 degrees or less.
Referrals are made to the (Michigan) Bureau of Services for Blind Persons by the Teacher Consultant for the Visually Impaired at your intermediate school district (ISD). The Bureau authorizes low-vision examinations throughout the state given by licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists who provide low-vision services. (Authorization must be before the exam.) The Bureau uses the results of the examinations to authorize purchases of telescopic and microscopic glasses, complex contact lenses, light-filtering eyewear, prescription sports goggles, bifocals, and prismatic lenses.
This program typically provides more than 250 specialized evaluations and 350 low-vision aids each year, helping students participate in classroom and other activities with their peers.
For more information:
Contact your intermediate school district (ISD) Teacher Consultant for the Visually Impaired. You may also contact a Bureau of Services for Blind Persons office near you for assistance in contacting your ISD Teacher Consultant for the Visually Impaired.
To Apply: Youth Low Vision Referral Form
- Websites, Organizations, and Other Resources
... for blind or visually impaired youth and their parents.
- Scholarships and Grants for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Please check the specific application deadline for each one.