Eligibility Criteria

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To be eligible for APH registration through Michigan, students must:

1) Meet, or function at, the definition of blindness.

  • Central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting glasses; or
  • a peripheral field so contracted that the widest diameter of such field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees; or
  • visual performance reduced by brain injury or dysfunction that causes visual function to meet the above definition of blindness as determined by an eye care specialist or neurologist.

2) Be enrolled in a Michigan school or agency.

  • The school or agency must be a formally organized, public or private, nonprofit, educational program of less than college level.
  • Home school programs must be licensed, approved, or accredited by a local school district and the Michigan Department of Education.
  • Adult students (older than age 16) who are not enrolled in K-12 must meet the following requirements:
    • Adult students must be enrolled in an instructional program that:
      1. Is at less than college level.
      2. Provides at least 20 hours of instruction per week. Social and leisure programs do not qualify as instruction. However, student practice to develop skills can be included in instructional hours.
      3. Provides instruction for a minimum of 12 weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) per calendar year.
    • Adult students must have been enrolled in an instructional program that meets the above requirements in the previous calendar year.

3) Have a formal written education plan.

  • Examples of a formal written education plan include:
    • Individualized Education Program (IEP)
    • Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
    • Nonpublic Services Plan
    • 504 Plan

Required Documentation

APH and MDE-LIO do not collect the required documentation as part of registration. However, registering schools and agencies must be able to provide the following documentation in the event of an audit.

Current eye report for the student.

  • The report must be from an ophthalmologist or an optometrist. In cases where the student functions as meeting the definition of blindness, the report may be from a neurologist.
  • The report must be no more than three years old, unless the student has a proven non-changing eye condition (e.g., bilateral enucleations, anophthalmos).

The student's formal written education plan.

  • A formal written education plan verifies the student is in a formally organized, educational program.

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