SEC. 37-23-13. Compliance by school boards with Americans with Disabilities Act; funding of reader machines or persons for visually impaired teachers.
(1) The school board of any school district is hereby authorized to comply with the provisions of the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C.A. Sections 12101-12213 (West Supp. 1991)) by making reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee, unless the school board can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the school. The school board of any such school district determining that such accommodation is required and reasonable may, by resolution spread upon its minutes, apply to the State Department of Education for funds to defray the cost of providing qualified reader machines or persons, as determined by the school board to be in the best interest of the individual teacher, for visually-impaired classroom teachers in compliance with said federal law.
(2) The State Department of Education, within the availability of funds appropriated for such purpose, may expend funds for the purpose of defraying the expenses of school districts in providing qualified reader machines or persons, as determined by the school board to be in the best interest of the individual teacher, for visually-impaired classroom teachers under the said Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, with the approval of the State Board of Education. The department shall, by regulation, prescribe a method and necessary forms for the purpose of school districts' applications for funds as authorized herein.
SOURCES: Laws, 1993, ch. 501, Sec. 1, eff from and after July 1, 1993.