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 Visual Impairment and Blindness

​​​A student is eligible for vision services if the impairment of vision interferes in access to a regular school program regardless of the acuity measurements.  Students with a visual impairment are those whose vision interferes with functioning in or, for preschool-age children, in learning tasks. Visual impairments may result from congenital defects, eye diseases, or injuries to the eye. Visual impairment is determined based on a current examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. 


​Smokey Powell Center

“The Georgia Academy for the Blind is pleased to offer outreach services through the Smokey Powell Center. The center is housed on the Academy's campus and provides services for students currently being served under a VI Eligibility or students in the VI Eligibility process throughout the state of Georgia. Services are provided at no cost to the student or district.  These services include:

  1. Low Vision Evaluations
  2. Assistive Technology Evaluations/Consultations
  3. Professional Learning Opportunities
  4. Instructional Support"

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 Contact Information

Emily Adams
Georgia Department of Education
1562 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30334​​