Malva Rutledge's TBVI page

Malva Rutledge, Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired

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The definition of Visual Impairment (including blindness) is an impairment of vision that, even with corrections( i.e. surgery or glasses), adversely affects a student's educational performance.  The term includes both partial sight and blindness.

A Vision screening of all lower elementary students is preformed by the Monroe City School's team of Nurses every year and a letter is sent home to the parent if a student fails this screening. Occasionally, it is the classroom teacher that notices the student struggling to see the materials and she will refer the child for further screening.  

Our program for the Visually Impaired operates under the Department of Special Education Services and in accordance to Federal Guidelines in Bulletin 1508. 

The Criteria for Eligibility

To meet the criteria for eligibility for Visual Impairment, the evidence of A and either B, C, D, or E must be met.

 A. Loss of vision which significantly interferes with the ability to perform academically and which requires the use of specialized textbooks, techniques, materials, or equipment.


“B. Visual acuity in the better eye or eyes together with best possible correction of

       Blindness - 20/200 or less distance and/or near acuity, or

  • Partial sight - 20/70 or less distance and/or near acuity.


“C. Blindness due to a peripheral field so contracted that the widest diameter of such field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees and that it affects the student’s ability to learn.


“D. Progressive loss of vision which may in the future effect the student’s ability to learn.


“E. Other blindness resulting from a medically documented condition.”

If you feel that your child should be evaluated for services, please talk to the classroom teacher and/or contact me. I travel throughout the School District but I am home based at Martin Luther King Jr., Junior High School. My email address is Or you can contact the Office of Student Special Services.