Developmental Therapist Vision Services (DTV) - DHS 5102

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State of Illinois
Department of Human Services

Developmental Therapist Vision Services (DTV)

An important part of the Early Intervention Team

A guide to understanding DTVs as part of the Early Intervention Team for families of children with vision loss

DTVs work with families of children with vision loss to provide information about:

  • the visual system
  • a child's specific visual diagnosis
  • vision loss and its impact on development
  • literacy and vision loss
  • adaptive methods
  • maximizing visual function
  • local, state, and national resources and supports are available for children with vision loss
  • transition into the education system at age three

DTVs are an important part of the Early Intervention Team who:

  • process billing through the Early Intervention Central Billing Office
  • are enrolled in the Illinois Early Intervention System under Developmental Therapy
  • are college graduates with a four-year degree in Blind Education
  • provide six-months and annual reports and attend Individual Family Service Plan meetings
  • work closely with the team
  • consult with all members of the team

DTVs can be added to a child's Early Intervention Team by:

  • sharing your interests in Developmental Therapy Vision Services with the Child and Family Connections Service Coordinator
  • developing strategies for Individual Family Service Plan outcomes consistent with DTV services
  • contacting Hearing and Vision Early Intervention Outreach to identify a DTV in your local area
  • completing service authorization paperwork (Service Coordinator)
  • discussing service initiation with the family and team

Contact Hearing and Vision Early Intervention Outreach (HV/EIO) to receive assistance in the application process to become a DTV or for assistance in identifying a DTV in a family's local area at:

Hearing and Vision Early Intervention Outreach
125 Webster Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650

217-479-4320 (v/tty)

217-479-4328 fax

gail.olson@illinois.gov

Check the back of this brochure for a DTV in your area.

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