Vision Loss Documentation
Guidelines for Documenting Blindness or Low Vision
The individual must submit typed documentation on official letterhead of the professional/service provider describing the disability. The provider must be a professional qualified to diagnose and treat the vision disorder. Please note that the provider cannot be a family member of the student submitting documentation.
In general, for students who are blind or have low vision, documentation should be current and reflect the current impact on the student. If the condition involves progressive vision loss, more current documentation may be needed.
The documentation should include a narrative description of the disability. The following information should be included:
- Diagnosis, date/age of onset of vision loss, prior history of diagnosis, and last contact with student.
- Description of the diagnostic criteria, evaluation method, and symptoms of the diagnosis. Please provide current ocular assessments and/or evaluations. The type and/or degree of vision loss should also be included.
- Description of current and past accommodations, services, treatment, and/or medication(s). This should include, if appropriate, the use of corrective lenses and/or visual therapy.
- Describe the current functional limitations of the disability related to the type of vision loss (static or changing).
- The documentation should describe the functional impact of the vision loss on the academic and/or residential environment for the student.
- Please suggest recommendations for academic and/or housing accommodations. The documentation should also provide rationale that supports the type(s) of accommodation(s) being requested.
Documentation should be submitted to Services for Students with Disabilities via fax, mail, or in-person to the SSWD office.
The cost of obtaining professional verification is the responsibility of the student.