167.225. 1. As used in this section, the following terms mean:
(1) "Blind persons", individuals who:
(a) Have a visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with conventional correction, or have a limited field of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angular distance not greater than twenty degrees; or
(b) Have a reasonable expectation of visual deterioration; or
(c) Cannot read printed material at a competitive rate of speed and with facility due to lack of visual acuity;
(2) "Braille", the system of reading and writing through touch commonly known as standard English braille;
(3) "Student", any student who is blind or any student eligible for special education services for visually impaired as defined in P.L. 94-142.
2. All students may receive instruction in braille reading and writing as part of their individualized education plan. No student shall be denied the opportunity of instruction in braille reading and writing solely because the student has some remaining vision.
3. Instruction in braille reading and writing shall be sufficient to enable each student to communicate effectively and efficiently at a level commensurate with his sighted peers of comparable grade level and intellectual functioning. The student's individualized education plan shall specify:
(1) How braille will be implemented as the primary mode for learning through integration with normal classroom activities. If braille will not be provided to a child who is blind, the reason for not incorporating it in the individualized education plan shall be documented therein;
(2) The date on which braille instruction will commence;
(3) The level of competency in braille reading and writing to be achieved by the end of the period covered by the individualized education plan; and
(4) The duration of each session.
4. As part of the certification process, teachers certified in the education of blind and visually impaired children shall be required to demonstrate competence in reading and writing braille. The department of elementary and secondary education shall adopt assessment procedures to assess such competencies which are consistent with standards adopted by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.
(L. 1990 S.B. 740 § 11)
Missouri General Assembly