For a student in a homeschool program to receive materials from the APH Federal Quota Program, there are additional eligibility standards that must be met per the Federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind. (Please see https://www.aph.org/federal-quota/.) APH eligibility standards are as follows:
- Meet the Definition of Blindness (MDB) – central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting glasses or a peripheral field so contracted that the widest diameter of such field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees, or Function at the Definition of Blindness (FDB) which is visual performance reduced by brain injury or dysfunction when visual function meets the definition of blindness as determined by an eye care specialist or neurologist.
- “be enrolled in a formally organized public or private, nonprofit educational program of less than college level”
- School-aged students must be enrolled with the registering school or agency on the first Monday in January. Adult students must be registered for at least three months of instruction during the preceding calendar year (an accumulation of 12 weeks).
To be eligible for APH materials, homeschool students must be legally blind and enrolled in a formally organized homeschool program such as Florida Virtual School, ABEKA, etc. (Please note, since FIMC-VI is funded through the Florida Department of Education and IDEA, curricula materials must meet all state and federal guidelines regarding religious neutrality.) To request APH materials, please see www.fimcvi.org/ and visit the ordering tab/APH Orders.
For a complete catalog of the APH materials, specialized teaching aids, and curricula that are available on Quota Funds, please see www.aph.org. As the Ex Officio Trustee for APH, FIMC-VI reviews all APH orders. Due to limited quota funds, only items that are approved and educational relevant will be ordered.