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Eligibility Information

Individuals qualify for service if they have a visual or physical disability that limits use of regular print.

Individuals may also qualify because of a reading disability which results from "organic dysfunction." For example, a person with dyslexia would qualify if that condition were severe enough to prevent the reading of regular print in a normal manner.

A medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy must sign applications for individuals with reading disability. This requirement can be confusing because individuals with reading disability are often evaluated by school psychologists.


Examples of qualifying conditions  
  • the inability to use standard print for prolonged periods of time
  • blurred vision, even if caused by medication
  • discomfort from reading print over a period of time
  • amputation or loss of arms or hands
  • disabling paralysis, muscle or nerve deterioration severely affecting coordination and control
  • confinement in iron lungs or similar mechanical devices
  • cerebral palsy
  • multiple sclerosis
  • muscular dystrophy
  • arthritis
  • polio
  • myasthenia gravis
  • stroke
  • diplegia

The condition establishing eligibility may be either permanent or temporary.
Questions concerning eligibility? Contact us.

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