Eligibility

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:
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  1. Medical. A licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist has documented an eye condition that causes an impairment as manifested by at least one of the following:
    1. A visual acuity of 20/70 or less in the better eye after best possible correction,
    2. A peripheral field so constricted that it affects the student’s ability to function in an educational setting,
    3. A diagnosis of visual impairment after best correction, or
    4. A progressive loss of vision that may affect the student’s ability to function in an educational setting.
  2. Educational. There is a documented functional vision loss which requires specialized instruction from a teacher of the visually impaired in the areas known to be impacted by vision loss: assistve technology, compensatory skills, career exploration, recreation and leisure, orientation and mobility, sensory efficiency, social skills, self determination and independent living skills. The Technical Assistance Paper (currently under revision) will available to assist your district in understanding eligibility and the process to determine eligibility.