Dear Colleague Letter to Vision Providers Listing Qualified Personnel to Deliver EIP Vision Services

July 2008

Dear Colleague:

This letter is to announce two additions to the list of qualified personnel authorized to deliver vision services under the Early Intervention Program (EIP). Approximately 1 in every 3,000 infants is born with severe vision impairment. Vision is the perceptual system that is most suited for gaining information about the environment, particularly information about shape and space, and is an integral part of a child's early learning process. Vision impairment can have a significant adverse effect on multiple aspects of a child's development. This expansion will recognize qualified personnel delivering services to children with vision impairment and also help assure adequate capacity for the provision of vision services to children enrolled in the EIP across New York State.

Effective immediately, the following professionals are added to the list of personnel recognized as qualified to deliver vision services under the EIP:

  • Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT)
  • Persons who have been approved by the New York State Commission for the Blind and
    Visually Handicapped for the provision of vision services

NYCRR §69-4.1(aj) defines "qualified personnel" as those individuals who are approved to deliver services to the extent authorized by their licensure, certification or registration. All qualified personnel in the EIP are subject to each profession's scope of practice restrictions and to changes in the relevant laws and regulations.

The following professionals continue to be recognized as qualified personnel authorized to deliver vision services under the EIP within the scope of their practice:

  • Physicians, including Ophthalmologists
  • Optometrists with a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision
    Development (FCOVD) certificate
  • Optometrists certified as low vision specialists by the New York Optometric Association
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Teachers of the Blind and Partially Sighted
  • Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Certified Low Vision Specialists (LVT)
  • Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (O&M)

Attached is a resource list of agencies and associations that license, certify, or credential qualified professionals who are authorized to provide vision services to children enrolled in the NYS Early Intervention Program.

If you have any additional questions regarding providers of vision services, please contact Margaret Adeigbo of my staff at (518) 473-7016.


Bradley Hutton, M.P.H.
Bureau of Early Intervention


  • Laurie Munro, CBVH
  • Joseph Nye, CBVH
  • Margaret Adeigbo

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