DPHHS recommends that students be evaluated by registered professional nurses or other appropriately qualified health professionals on a periodic basis in order to identify those health problems which have the potential for interfering with learning, including vision impairment. Individual school districts have policies as to which screenings will be conducted in their schools on a yearly basis.
Montana Disability and Health Program- This website has gathered a long list of state and national resources for Montanans living with blindness or visual impairment.
Montana School for the Deaf and Blind- Residential and day school which provides educational opportunities to students, preschool through high school, at its Great Falls campus. MSDB is also a statewide resource center which provides information and technical support through its Outreach Program to students attending school in their local districts.
Montana Talking Book Library- Eligible Montana residents who are unable to use standard print materials due to visual, physical and/or reading disabilities can apply to the Montana Talking Book Library to receive free mail loan of recorded books and playback equipment.
Inclusive Physical Activity for People with Vision Loss
Inclusive Fitness Coalition- The Inclusive Fitness Coalition is an expanded group of organizations and individuals representing a cross-section of the disability rights, sports, health/fitness and civil rights communities. The mission of the IFC is to facilitate coordination of organizations and individuals to address the complexity of personal, social, cultural, political, and economic factors that influence – positively or negatively – the participation of people with disabilities in physical activity, fitness, sports, and recreation.
Educational Interventions for Students with Low Vision - American Foundation for the Blind
What Teachers Should Know & What Teachers Can Do- KidsHealth
Insurance Assistance/Affordable Care Act
- Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Vision Benefits- The ACA requires specific benefits beginning 1/1/14, including one eye exam and pair of glasses each year. In addition, plans must cover vision screening for children with no co-pay. This fact sheet answers questions related to vision and screening.
Other General Resources and Professional Organizations
Center for Parent Information and Resources- This site contains information on the types and signs of visual impairments. It also reviews how IDEA defines visual impairment and includes tips for teachers and parents on how to work with the medical community and schools to create supportive learning environments for students with low vision or blindness.
Childhood Vision: What the Research Tells Us- The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
This site contains an overview of common eye problems in children and how vision screenings and exams differ. It also has information on what schools, parents, and communities can do to support children with childhood vision problems.
Hadley School for the Blind- The largest worldwide distance educator of blind and visually impaired people, their families and blindness service professionals. Hadley offers classes free of charge to its blind and visually impaired students and their families and affordable tuition classes to blindness professionals.
National Eye Institute (NIH)-This site reviews the components of a comprehensive eye exam, common vision problems, eye diseases and conditions, tips for keeping your eyes healthy, Includes online NEI Publications Catalog and Eye Health Organizations Database. Resources include a Healthy Eyes Toolkit, Healthy Vision Month Resources, Guidelines for Children's Vision Health, Financial Assistance Information,Common Eye Myths, Fact Sheets
Vision for Learning- Web site of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development is concerned with the needs of the 25% of children who have undiagnosed vision problems which can interfere with learning and lead to academic and/or behavioral problems.