Accessible Instructional Materials
FIMC-VI provides accessible instructional materials (AIM) to students with visual impairments in the state of Florida. This includes both braille and large print textbooks and leisure reading materials. If available, digital materials may be obtained directly through a student's Bookshare account. Bookshare provides textbooks and leisure reading materials in several digital formats such as ePubs, MS Word, DAISY, and Braille Ready File (BRFs). If the digital format you need is not available, please request it directly from Bookshare.
To learn more about ordering and returning materials visit our AIM page.
The FIMC-VI Online System provides access to textbook orders. In order to receive access to this system, new teachers and agency staff must be authorized by their administrator using the New Teacher Authorization form.
Perkins Brailler Request and Repair
If a student needs a new Perkins brailler, or has a brailler that needs to be repaired, use our Brailler Repair/Request form. Please be sure to enter your correct email address.
When you submit a brailler repair request, an auto-generated email will be sent to you, which should be printed out and placed in the box with the brailler to be repaired.
Plastic Next Generation braillers cannot be repaired and should be scrapped at your location instead.
If you have an APH SMART brailler that needs to be repaired, contact Colleen Mulcahey.
Student and Family Events
FIMC-VI is proud to host many events that support student achievement and family involvement.
View the Student and Family events page to learn more about the yearly events offered and how you can help.
A variety of materials are available for loan, including access technology, assessment tools, APH products, and professional literature.
Refer to the Loan Library List to see available items. Please utilize your resources and/or check with others in your district prior to ordering from this list. You can ship items to your students via Free Matter for the Blind. Items from the Loan Library may be sent to a student or teacher’s home.
Use the following form to complete your request: Loan Library Request Form.
To learn more about our Annual Census and student registration, visit our Annual Census page.
The FIMC-VI Online System provides access to student registration and Annual Census. In order to receive access to this system, new teachers and agency staff must be authorized by their administrator using the New Teacher Authorization form.
APH materials are provided to eligible students who are registered annually with FIMC-VI. You may only order materials for students if you have been authorized by your ESE director or designee. Visit the APH website to view available products. Orders may be placed using our APH Order form.
Quality Programs for Students with Visual Impairments (QPVI) is a self-study process that takes teachers of students with visual impairments and their supervisor through a series of steps to improve outcomes for students with visual impairments. The team participates in a staff-driven, collaborative self-study to develop mutually-agreed-upon standards of practice that meet the Florida State Standards as well as current best practices and standards in the field of visual impairment. Setting standards of practice and using data for decision making supports improved outcomes for each child who is blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind. This program is free to school districts in Florida. To learn more about the process visit the QPVI website.
Current Florida School districts: Alachua, Brevard, Citrus, DeSoto, Hendry, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Pasco, Polk, Sumter, Volusia.
Past Participants: Broward, Duval, Miami-Dade, Orange, Pinellas
The Scholastic Book Program is geared toward emergent braille readers and provides up to 10 free “twin-vision” (print with braille overlay) books per month. You may submit orders in advance for every month of the year, or submit orders each month. We process orders monthly (by the 10th of each month). There is about a 6-8 week turn-around time on these books. Some books may be on back order; you will receive them as they become available. Email Diana Przeslawski if you have any questions.
Please remember that these books are for emergent and early readers in Florida only. We cannot provide chapter books at this time through the Scholastic Book Program.
FIMC-VI's Canvas Resource Site
Using the Canvas Learning Management System platform, FIMC-VI has created a resource site for TVIs and other professionals serving students with visual impairments in Florida. To be added to this site, email Liz Anderson.
Once you have registered, you may reach this site by visiting Canvas.
FIMC-VI services include:
Creation, procurement and distribution of accessible instructional materials (braille, large print, digital)
Technical assistance via telephone/email/virtual office
Management and distribution of APH Quota Funds
Support the development and proofreading of the braille versions of all statewide assessments
Scholastic books program for early readers
Canvas LMS site for Florida educators
FIMC-VI services do not include:
Serving as members of the IEP development team
Serving in the role of professional or parental advocate
Participating in performance evaluations of school personnel
Provision of ongoing direct services
Independent educational evaluations
Production & distribution of state wide assessments (EOC, FSA, FSAA)