Early Intervention (EI) Vision Specialty Services

Specialty Services for children diagnosed with Blindness or Vision Loss in Early Intervention (EI)

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Vision services

Children with Blindness or Vision Loss are eligible for EI services based on their diagnosis. The Department of Public Health (DPH) contracts with Perkins School for the Blind to provide services to infants and toddlers with Blindness/Vision Loss in the EI system. EI service coordinators discuss Specialty Service Provider (SSP) services with families. If the family is interested, they follow a referral process to Perkins School for the Blind.

 SSP services Perkins provides to eligible children and families:

  • Functional Vision Assessments by a Vision Specialist
  • Direct services to the child and family to support development of vision and other skills
  • Consultation and training for other professionals, early intervention staff, and childcare centers working with children with visual impairments
  • Parent-child groups for families of children with visual impairments
  • Co-visits with EI professionals

Find an Early Intervention vision provider

Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon St.
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 972-7331

Download: Perkins School for the Blind Contact Information

Provider documents



Family TIES of Massachusetts, Central Directory (800) 905-8437

Call to refer a child or learn more about Early Intervention

Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition, Main Office (617) 624-6060

For business inquiries


To refer a child to early intervention, call Family Ties or use the “Find a Program” directory Find a Program 
General information email: EI@state.ma.us
Emily White, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA, Director, Early Intervention Division email: Emily.A.White@mass.gov


250 Washington St.
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108