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. There is a documented eye 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 progressive loss of vision which may affect the student’s ability to function in an academic setting
    4. 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.
  2. Educational. There is a documented functional vision loss which requires the use of specialized techniques, textbooks, materials or equipment.

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