Procedures for Serving Students in Homeschool Programs
The Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired (FIMC-VI) provides materials, training and support to Florida’s eligible students with visual impairments that are participating in homeschool programs by:
- Providing textbooks in braille or large print
- Providing materials from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Federal Quota Program
- Loaning curricular and tangible teaching materials from the FIMC-VI Loan Library
To be eligible for Homeschool services from FIMC-VI, parents must first meet all the requirements in Section 1002.01, Florida Statutes (F.S.) Student and Parental Rights and Educational Choices (see http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/other-school-choice-options/home-edu/requirements.stml). For each of the above services specific to students with visual impairments, there are additional eligibility criteria that must be met.
1. If the student is visually impaired per Rule 6A-6.03014, F.A.C. and has a current eye medical exam and assessment, the parent or caregiver should register the student as a homeschool student. Once registered, textbooks and loan library materials may be ordered directly from the online system at FIMC-VI.
2. If the student is registered with FIMC-VI, legally blind, AND enrolled in a formally organized educational program, parents can also order some APH materials through FIMC-VI. Parents can search the APH catalog and place the order with FIMC-VI on our website. When the order is approved, materials will be shipped directly to the parent.
We look forward to collaborating with parents and caregivers in providing specialized and appropriate educational materials to enhance the education of all children with vision loss. Please contact FIMC-VI with any questions.