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.