The Florida Instructional Materials Center or the Visually Impaired (FIMC-VI) is charged with providing accessible instructional materials, tangible teaching materials, professional development, support for statewide assessments, technical assistance, and other resources to support the goal of ensuring equitable access and enhanced educational opportunities statewide for students with visual impairments including those with additional exceptionalities. FIMC-VI is a discretionary project of the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services and is located in Tampa, Florida, within the Hillsborough County Public Schools.
FIMC-VI maintains a library of accessible instructional materials in braille and large print, as well as specialized equipment, tools, resource kits, models, and professional resources. Qualified teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs) request materials on behalf of students with visual impairments. These materials are shipped to the student's school or to a secondary location (e.g., TVI's office). Most items in circulation are loaned for one academic year.
FIMC-VI also offers facilitation of the Quality Programs for Students with Visual Impairments, which is described below. Visit our Events page to learn about upcoming trainings, webinars, student and family events, and conferences.