Hearing and Vision Screenings

Children from low income families experience vision impairment and hearing difficulties at a much higher rate than normal. This not only can effect early development and school readiness but also can lead to emotional and behavioral problems. Untreated vision problems can create symptoms similar to ADHD and cause some children to be misidentified as having a learning disorder. Children who experience hearing loss can experience delayed speech and language skills. They may not want to talk or play with other kids and have difficulty making friends.

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is committed to collaborating within the community to move the needle on these important health determinants of early school success.

 

Students Screened for Vision and Vision Referral Outcomes — Florida Health 2016-2017:

Manatee County Sarasota County
Students in Mandated Grade Levels (K, 1st, 3rd, 6th) 14,768 12,627
Students Opted Out of Vision Screening by Parents 89 93
Students Not Opted Out 14,679 12,534
Students Screened 14,967 12,590
% of Students Screened 101.96% 100.45%
Referrals 1,306 627
Complete Referral Outcomes 655 469
% of Referrals with Completed Outcomes 50.15% 74.80%
Parental Non-Response, Refusal, or Student Withdrawn from School 158 130

Students Screened for Hearing and Hearing Referral Outcomes — Florida Health 2016-2017:

Manatee County Sarasota County
Students in Mandated Grade Levels (K, 1st, 6th) 10,455 9,221
Students Opted Out of Hearing Screening by Parents 38 83
Students Not Opted Out 10,417 9,138
Students Screened 10,627 9,209
% of Students Screened 102.02% 100.78%
Referrals 82 143
Complete Referral Outcomes 188 76
% of Referrals with Completed Outcomes 229.27% 53.15%
Parental Non-Response, Refusal, or Student Withdrawn from School 16 73