Step 1: Ensure that the teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI) has been authorized and has an FIMC-VI issued username and password to access the FIMC-VI Online System. If needed, the ESE Director or other district-level administrator must complete the New Teacher Authorization form to authorize a TVI.
Step 2: Gather the following materials to register the student:
Signed parental/guardian consent form to share student identifiable information with FIMC-VI and the American Printing House for the Blind;
Copy of an eye medical exam with the following basic information – etiology (including progressive eye disease or dual sensory impaired), near/distance acuity, corrected/uncorrected acuity measures for left eye, right eye and both eyes, and measure of field of vision. For students who are otherwise unable to be assessed, a medical assessment describing visual functioning shall be documented when standard visual acuities and measure of field of vision are unattainable; and
Copy of the educational plan including the comprehensive assessments of functional vision, learning media, expanded core competencies and a screening for orientation and mobility (O&M) services.
Step 3: Once you have all the documents, select Online System from the top menu of this webpage. Log on with your FIMC-VI username and password and select Student Registration / New Student Add.
Step 4: With your documentation from Step 2, answer all the questions for the student to be added. Once you certify that the information is correct, click I agree. Watch your email for an FIMC-VI issued student number. Please keep this number secure and in a location where you can find it.
Which students qualify for federally funded materials from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH)?
Teachers of the visually impaired may order APH products for any of their students with visual impairments, as long as the request is educationally relevant.
However, only the following students generate federal quota funding (approximately $300 per student) to be spent with APH:
Students who are both:
Enrolled in a formally organized public or private school, homeschool program or agency program of less than college level (which includes children in prekindergarten programs.)
Have an educational plan (IEP, IFSP, 504 Plan, or service plan). For homeschool program requirements and additional information, visit the Eligibility page.
How do I order textbooks for students?
This video addresses the specific tools within the Online System for ordering textbooks, renewing/reassigning items, and reporting lost, damaged or consumed items. You may view this video that includes general guidelines for ordering textbooks.