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Project PAVE

 

Project PAVE

The goal of Project PAVE is to provide comprehensive clinical low vision services to children ages 3 to 21 in local education agencies (LEAs) of Tennessee and the Tennessee School for the Blind.

We prepare children with low vision for independent visual functioning in their own educational environments.

Project PAVE supplies prescribed optical devices and instruction in their use to students and their teachers at no cost to families.

Project PAVE is funded by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Pave FAQ

Who is eligible for PAVE?

PAVE serves children ages 3 to 21 who reside in Tennessee and who have been identified as visually impaired according to the state guidelines for eligibility for special education. Candidates for the program are also considered based on the likelihood of benefiting from optical devices. Students are eligible for a reevaluation after three years, unless there has been a change in visual acuity that warrants a reevaluation sooner.

Because Project PAVE does not provide medical care, participants must have had a dilated eye examination within 12 months of referral.

I am the parent or guardian of a child with low vision. How do I enroll my child in Project PAVE?

Contact your county’s Certified Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI). The TVI will initiate the referral to Project PAVE, and complete the educational components needed for participation.

Also, please complete the contact form and return it to your child’s TVI or directly to the Project PAVE office.

If there is no TVI in your county, contact the Director of Special Education at your local Board of Education for a referral through the Outreach Services of Tennessee School for the Blind, or ask them to contact us directly. If your child is homeschooled or enrolled in private school or TN Virtual Academy, please contact us directly.

Please note that before enrollment in Project PAVE, copies of the records from your child’s last eye examination are required.

I am a teacher of a student with low vision. How do I refer my student to Project PAVE?

Have the child’s parent/guardian complete the contact form. With parental/guardian permission, please also send copies of any educational records (FVA, LMA, O&M assessments). The parent/guardian must also send u a record of the child’s last comprehensive eye examination.

I am an ophthalmologist or optometrist. How do I refer my patient to Project PAVE?

Have the child’s parent/guardian complete the contact form. With parental/guardian permission, we will need records of the child’s last comprehensive eye examination with best corrected visual acuity and etiology of low vision.

Who will provide the clinical low vision evaluation?

Dr. Lori Ann Kehler and Dr. Deepa Chandrasekaran provide low vision services to Project PAVE students at the main VEI location.

Dr. Bruce Gilliland provides low vision services to Project PAVE participants in East Tennessee.

Who will provide instruction in how to use the devices prescribed?

Brandi McRedmond, M.Ed., M.A., CTVI, O&M; and Jane Morrow, M.Ed., CTVI work with children in Middle Tennessee and West Tennessee.

Judy Alford, M.Ed., CTVI works with children in East Tennessee.

Who do I contact with other questions?

Project PAVE
Vanderbilt Eye Institute
2311 Pierce Ave
Nashville, TN 37232
Office phone: (615) 936-3718
Fax: (615) 936-0128


Last Edited: October 23, 2017
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