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Educational Report – Criteria for Eligibility Statement

Rationale

Each state has individual guidelines for determining eligibility for students with a visual impairment. To be eligible for special education services, students must have a certified visual impairment (eye health report) and documentation of how the visual impairment impacts the educational program (essential assessments). 34 CFR 300.301 and 34 CFR 300.304

Initial evaluations: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2008/julqtr/34cfr300.301.htm

Evaluation procedures: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2008/julqtr/34cfr300.304.htm

Birth - 3 Years

Criteria for certification statement includes etiology, visual acuity, and needed accommodations to satisfy Part C's requirement of an established disability

3-5 Years

Criteria for certification statement includes etiology, visual acuity, and needed accommodations to satisfy IDEA's two prong requirement to document a disability and an impact on educational programming

5-22 Years

Criteria for certification statement includes etiology, visual acuity, and needed accommodations to satisfy IDEA's two prong requirement to document a disability and an impact on educational programming

Multiple Disabilities/Deafblind

Criteria for certification statement includes etiology, visual acuity, and needed accommodations to satisfy IDEA's two prong requirement to document a disability and an impact on educational programming

Tips

Check on state guidelines on how to word this information on the IFSP and IEP.

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