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If passed, LB 754 would adopt the Blind Persons Literacy Rights and Education Act. The Act would require the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for a child who is blind or visually impaired to provide for instruction in braille.
While the Blind Persons Literacy Rights and Education Act is not intended to apply to exempt schools, HSLDA is concerned by the language in the bill that refers to the act as a "right." A judge could think that it applies to all students (including exempt school students) even though the Education Committee says that it does not. A judge may then place the blind exempt school student under IEP team authority. The bill requires the teacher of the blind child to be certified in literary braille or pass an examination, which may be an issue for parents seeking to educate their blind students at home.
If this language is removed, HSLDA will take a neutral position on this bill.
1/7/2010 Avery and Stuthman added
1/8/2010 Referred to Education Committee
1/12/2010 Notice of hearing: January 19, 2010
1/21/2010 Cornett added
2/11/2010 Coash added
4/14/2010 Indefinitely postponed
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