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Visual Impairment/Blindness
What is visual impairment/blindness?
Visual impairments, including blindness, refer to any impairment to vision that even with correction adversely affects a child’s educational performance. The term includes both partial sight and blindness.

[+] Read about the specific criteria used to determine eligibility in the educational category of visual impairment/blindness.

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education – Criteria for Eligibility in the Educational Category of Visual Impairment/Blindness

A child displays a visual impairment when:
  1. A visual impairment or a progressive vision loss has been diagnosed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist
  2. Visual acuity has been determined to be:
    1. For visual impairment, of 20/70 to 20/200 in the better eye with best correction by glasses
    2. For blindness, of 20/200 or less in the better eye after best correction by glasses or a visual field measuring 200 or less
    3. The visual impairment adversely affects the child’s educational performance
[+] Books, journals and other publications on visual impairment/blindness

The SSD Family & Community Resource Center (FCRC) offers books, videos and other resources on visual impairment/blindness (PDF). Materials may be sent home through school mail to families whose children receive SSD services. Others may come into the FCRC to check out materials.
[+] Other local, state and national resources related to visual impairment/blindness

Local Resources
Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments

Lighthouse for the Blind

Midwestern Braille Volunteers

Missouri Council of the Blind

Rehabilitation Services for the Blind

St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired

State Resources
National Federation of the Blind of Missouri

Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

National Resources
American Council of the Blind (ACB)

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

American Foundation for the Blind Hotline

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI)

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind Hotline

Hadley School for the Blind

National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired Hotline

National Braille Press

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

National Federation for the Blind

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