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Project PAVE (Providing Access to the Visual Environment)

PAVE offers free clinical and educational low vision services to eligible school-age children who reside in Tennessee. All services are supplementary to the child’s primary eye care provided by a local ophthalmologist and optometrist, and educational services provided by a certified teacher of students with visual impairments. PAVE services include: • Clinical low vision evaluations • Provision of prescribed optical devices • Instruction and follow-up • Technical Assistance

Eligibility Requirements

PAVE serves children ages 3-21 who reside in Tennessee and who have been identified as visually impaired according to the state guidelines for eligibility for special education, including children with multiple disabilities. Candidates for the program are also considered based on ability to benefit from prescribed optical devices. Due to limitation in services, some students may be temporarily placed on a waiting list. Students who have been enrolled in PAVE within a three-year period are eligible for re-evaluation when a change in their vision has occurred or when they have developed a need that their previously prescribed devices do not address.

How to get started

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Ages Served

Ages 4-18


Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Nashville, TN 37232