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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
www.dgckids.org

Lighthouse for the Blind
www.lhbindustries.com/Home.aspx

Midwestern Braille Volunteers
www.mbvol.org

Missouri Council of the Blind
www.missouricounciloftheblind.org

Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/rsb

St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired
www.slsbvi.org

State Resources
National Federation of the Blind of Missouri
www.nfbmo.org

Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner

National Resources
American Council of the Blind (ACB)
www.acb.org

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
www.afb.org
www.braillebug.org

American Foundation for the Blind Hotline
800-232-5463

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
www.aph.org

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI)
www.aerbvi.org

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind Hotline
800-295-4050

Hadley School for the Blind
www.hadley-school.org

National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired Hotline
800-562-6265

National Braille Press
www.nbp.org

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
www.loc.gov/nls

National Federation for the Blind
www.nfb.org

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