FIMC-VI is a statewide resource center designed to assist schools in obtaining specialized materials for students with visual impairments. Established in 1972 by the Florida Legislature, FIMC-VI operates under the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services through a grant agreement with the School District of Hillsborough County.
FIMC-VI provides services to students with visual impairments enrolled in Florida’s public and private schools as well as those students that are home schooled as long as they are participating in a “formally organized educational program”. FIMC-VI also supports all teachers, school administrators, and agency personnel working with Florida’s K-12 students with visual impairments.
There is no charge for any services offered by FIMC-VI. Materials are produced by the Center staff, prepared by certified volunteer transcribers, and/or purchased by the Center. These materials are then loaned to schools within Florida. Outreach, consultation, workshops, webinars, independent modules, student events, and other learning opportunities are offered to families, teachers, and agency personnel throughout the State at no charge.
FIMC-VI’s mission is to enhance opportunities for achievement for Florida’s students with visual impairments by:
- Providing free, appropriate, high-quality, accessible instructional materials in a timely fashion;
- Advancing the competencies of students, teachers, administrators, families, and agency personnel through professional learning, disability-specific events, resources, support; and
- Serving all patrons with efficiency, courtesy, and respect.
4210 West Bay Villa Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33611-1206