Visual Impairment (VI): Blind & Partly Sighted
DefinitionStudents who are visually impaired include students who are blind, have no vision, or have little potential for using vision or students who have low vision. The term visual impairment does not include students who have learning problems that are primarily the result of visual perceptual and/or visual motor difficulties.
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 (Red book) - 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)
- Accommodations: Assisting Students with Disabilities (2010) (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 Through Listening
- Resource Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing http://www.rmtcdhh.org/
- American Council of the Blind
- American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
- American Printing House for the Blind
- Blind Children's Center (BCC): Publications and Resources
- Described and Captioned Media Program
- National Federation of the Blind
- National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
- Learning Ally
- Toll-Free Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information Line