The following guidelines define eligibility for FIMC-VI services. Students must be:
A. Enrolled in a formalized educational program not exceeding grade 12.
B. Identified as visually impaired as specified in State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.03014(2): Criteria for eligibility. A student is eligible for a specal program for the visually impaired if the following medical and educational criteria are met:
- Medical. There is a documented eye impairment as manifested by at least one of the following:
- A visual acuity of 20/70 or less in the better eye after best possible correction;
- A peripheral field so constricted that it affects the student’s ability to function in an educational setting;
- A progressive loss of vision which may affect the student’s ability to function in an academic setting
- For children birth to five years of age, bilateral lack of central, steady, or maintained fixation of vision, with an estimated visual acuity of 20/70 or less after best possible correction; bilateral central scotoma involving the perimacula area (20/80 – 20/200) bilateral grade III, IV or V Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP); or documented eye impairments as stated in paragraph (2)(a) of this rule.
- Educational. There is a documented functional vision loss which requires the use of specialized techniques, textbooks, materials or equipment.