Visual Impairment (VI): Blind & Partly Sighted
Students who are visually impaired include: students who are blind, have no vision or little potential for using vision; students who have low vision; students who have a visual impairment after best correction that adversely affects their educational performance; or students who have been diagnosed with a progressive condition that will most likely result in a visual impairment or no vision after best correction.
The corresponding definition is found in State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.03014, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).
State Laws and Regulations
The rule referenced below is specific to VI. Please refer to Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules - Hyperlinked Index (PDF) for a complete listing of laws and regulations applicable to exceptional student education.
- 6A-6.03014, F.A.C., Exceptional Student Education Eligibility for Students Who Are Visually Impaired
- DPS 2010-70, Updated May 19, 2017 Accessible Instructional Materials (PDF)
- 2016 UEB New Slides (PDF)
- Evaluation, Determination of Eligibility, Reevaluation and the Provision of Exceptional Student Education Services (PDF)
- Critical Initiatives in Visual Impairment Project (CIVI)
- Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)
- Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired (FIMC-VI)
- Florida and Virgin Islands Deaf-Blind Collaborative
- Learning Ally - Florida
- Resource, Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Florida Division of Blind Services
- Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
- American Council of the Blind
- American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
- American Printing House for the Blind
- Described and Captioned Media Program
- National Federation of the Blind
- National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
- Toll-Free Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information Line