Vision Services

The NSSEO Vision Program provides students with the necessary skills and supports to become confident, independent individuals who will succeed in a sighted world. We believe a collaborative partnership among students, families, educational teams, and community members are essential in providing expanded opportunities and improved outcomes for students.

Diagnostic & Educational
Service Center (DESC) 

NSSEO Administration Office
799 W Kensington Road
Mount Prospect, IL 60056-1111
T | 847-463-8112
F | 847-463-8289

Director of Professional Learning and Coaching
Molly Dunne
847-463-8116 |

The programs for the Visually Impaired (VI) provides services for students ages 3-21 with mild to severe vision impairments and blindness. Individual goals reflect the assessed needs of each student in the areas of core curricula impacted most significantly by the vision loss. Students are provided instruction in the use of specialized technology in order to access the curriculum, develop vocational and leisure skills, and support independence including travel. Services are provided for students whose vision impairment impacts their educational progress and interfere with their ability to access printed information within the school setting. Students with vision impairments are provided with specialized materials, technology, and equipment including: large print text books, Braille, auditory books, magnification, screen enlargement, and screen reading software.

The certified/licensed staff is composed of highly qualified special education Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI), Orientation and Mobility Specialists (O&M). Experienced staff provides direct and consultative services. The program provides an itinerant service to meet the needs of students with diagnosed vision impairments.

  • Lending library of all large print and Braille textbooks, adaptive equipment, technology, software, and curriculum materials
  • Access to the Illinois Instructional Material Center
  • Modifications and/or accommodations of materials
  • Coaching and consultation to support students in the learning environment
  • Functional Vision Assessments
  • Learning Media Assessments
  • Orientation & Mobility Services
  • Low Vision Clinics
  • Clinics for hard to test students
  • Orientation and mobility training
  • Community-based educational experiences
  • Self help and independence training for all activities of daily life
  • Parent training
  • Instruction in ECC (The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) encompasses essential knowledge and skills tailored for students with visual impairments to address their specific needs alongside the general academic curriculum.)