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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

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
braillebug.afb.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
https://www.hadley.edu

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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