Documentation Procedure:
Blindness / Visual

Students who are seeking support services from North Idaho College on the basis of a visual disability may be required to submit documentation to verify eligibility. Documentation of disability and related information will be kept in a separate file CEA. The cost and responsibility for providing this documentation shall be borne by the student.

The definition of legal blindness is vision that can only be corrected to the acuity of 20/200 or more. Another criteria for legal blindness is if peripheral vision measures 20 degrees or less. Students not diagnosed as legally blind may still be eligible and may need accommodations. Other vision issues to consider are tracking, extreme photosensitivity, nystagmus, eyelid muscle issues, or low vision.

Documentation should show current impact of the disability. The age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the stability of the vision disability and the current status of the student. The following guidelines are provided in the interest of assuring that the evaluation and report are appropriate for documenting eligibility and identifying reasonable accommodations.

Any vision loss evaluation would be in the medical domain and require the expertise of an appropriate licensed eye care. Documentation should include the following:

  1. Diagnosis of the eye disorder, date of most recent visit, and its pathology specific to this individual.
  2. A brief description of the severity of the vision loss, preferably in layman's terms, and current impact or limitations.
  3. Medically relevant testing results.
  4. A description of assistive devices or services currently prescribed or in use, including the possible effectiveness of these devices or services in an educational setting.
  5. A description of the expected progression or stability of the vision loss over time.

Suggestions of reasonable accommodations with supporting evidence is encouraged. Any exceptions of the above criteria and the final determination for providing appropriate and reasonable accommodations rests with the CEA Coordinator.