Visual Impairment Explained

Visual Impairment: Disorders in the structure and function of the eye as manifested by at least one of the following: (a) visual acuity of 20/70 or less in the better eye after the best possible correction; (b) a peripheral field so constricted that it affects one's ability to function in an educational setting; (c) visual field of 20 degrees or less or (d) a progressive loss of vision that may affect one's ability to function in an academic setting.

Examples include, but are not limited to, cataracts, glaucoma, nystagmus, retinal detachment, retinitis pigmentosa, and strabismus.

Functional limitation refers to the consequence of different levels of visual ability for the performance of common activities." (American Federation for the Blind)

Visual limitation is defined as a total or partial loss of sight that adversely affects a student's educational performance. Visual limitation does not apply where the loss or impairment is the result of psychological condition or ABI.

ELIGIBILITY FOR SERVICES. This disability can be verified by a physician, a licensed vision professional or through documentation from a referring agency relying upon verification from a physician or other licensed vision professional.