BESB: Services for Pre-School Children


What Are the Warning Signs for Vision Loss in Infants and Children?

Occasionally, it is obvious a child has a vision problem; you might notice an unusual shape, coloring, or distortion of a child's eyes.  In other instances, the signs may be less apparent.  A younger child or infant may rub his or her eyes, move his or her head toward light, attempt to shield his or her eyes from light, or not follow you with his or her eyes. An older child may hold books unusually close, become irritable when doing close work, or may have eyes that are not aligned.

When Do Infants and Children Need Our Services?

It is one of BESB's primary responsibilities to provide comprehensive services to children, parents, and other caregivers during a child's most crucial early years.  This is a time when a child learns many basic skills that help establish independence, and vision plays a major role.  It is therefore important to provide the assistance and support needed to help the child compensate for any visual impairment.  Many eye disorders can be easily corrected with glasses or special "low vision" devices.


However, if an ophthalmologist or optometrist finds the child has a visual acuity of 20/70 or less in the better eye (with best correction) or a visual field of 20 degrees or less, BESB should be contacted.  We provide services to all children who are visually impaired.

The Services BESB Offers Infants, Children, Parents, and Other Care Providers:

We work with infants and children at home, in special-needs programs, and at school.  Our education consultants, specializing in the education of children who are blind or visually impaired, can provide assistance to:

  • Conduct a functional vision assessment

  • Arrange for low vision, auditory and other appropriate examinations

  • Evaluate a child's progress and development

  • Develop and implement the child's Individual Family Service Plan or Individual Education Plan

  • Teach parents and care givers how to work with visually impaired children

  • Work with community programs

  • Make connections with self-help groups and supportive professional networks

  • Provide specialized early intervention and school services for infants and pre-school children with limited vision and hearing

  • BESB also works in coordination with the New England Consortium for Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance and Training to provide the above services to children who have combined vision and hearing loss

  BESB Also Provides:

  •  Vision Assessments and Referral for Vision Assessments

  •  Developmental Evaluations

  •  Parent Support

  •  Consultation to Pre-School Programs

  •  In-Home Teaching

  •  Adapted Developmental and Daily Living Aids


How to Reach BESB Services:

 In-State Toll-Free Number:


General Number:





State of Connecticut

Department of Rehabilitation Services

Bureau of Education

and Services for the Blind

184 Windsor Avenue

Windsor, CT 06095



 * All consumer records and information are confidential and protected by law.  BESB does not release any personal information to any other agency, business, or individual without written consent.

* The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and offers its programs regardless of race, color, national origin, physical or mental disability (including but not limited to blindness), sexual orientation, religion, age, sex, or marital status.

* In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, materials are available in large print, braille or audio cassette upon request by calling 1-800-842-4510.

Content Last Modified on 11/9/2016 1:17:17 PM