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 RegulationsThe rule referenced below is specific to VI. Please refer to Volume I-B: Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules, Excerpts Related to Exceptional Student Education (PDF, 9MB) 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
- Florida's Educational Opportunities for Students with Sensory Impairments (8.5 x 11) (PDF, 821KB)
- Florida's Educational Opportunities for Students with Sensory Impairments (folded booklet style) (PDF, 1MB)
- Accommodations: Assisting Students with Disabilities (2010) (PDF, 488KB)
- Critical Initiatives in Visual Impairment Project (CIVI)
- Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)
- Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired (FIMC-VI)
- American Council of the Blind
- American Foundation for the Blind (FBA)
- American Printing House for the Blind
- Blind Children's Center (BCC): Publications and Resources
- Center for Exceptional Children (CEC): Blindness and Visual Impairment
- National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHY): Blindness/Visual Impairment
- National Federation of the Blind
- National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
- Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
- Toll-Free Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information Line