Services for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

The Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) is an interprovincial co-operative agency established by the Ministers of Education of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.


We provide quality services and supports, in collaboration with our partners, to meet the educational needs of children and youth from birth to 21 who are blind/visually impaired (BVI) and/or deaf/hard of hearing (DHH).


We are a support for families and the public school system in the education of children and youth with sensory loss. Our professional commitment focuses on providing, through best practice and in the most natural environments possible, comprehensive educational opportunities, which lead to the highest potential for independence, self-sufficiency and productive, fulfilling lives.

Guiding Principles

Key organizational principles guide the design, implementation and evaluation of educational services. We are:

  • child- and family-centered
  • individualized, leading to student success
  • collaborative, involving the student, family, teachers and other professionals
  • supportive of independence and self-advocacy
  • committed to equality of educational opportunity
  • research and evidence-based
  • accountable for learning outcomes
  • guided by provincial policies, procedures and guidelines
  • future-focused, flexible and innovative

Assessment Services
Assistive Technology
How to Obtain APSEA Services
Orientation & Mobility Program
Preschool Services
Programs and Services
Transition Service

APSEA is a cooperative agency between the Provincial Departments of Education of
 New Brunswick,   Nova Scotia,   Newfoundland &  Prince Edward Island 
Located at 5940 South Street Halifax, NS, B3H 1S6