SEC. 37-23-195. Individualized educational program (IEP) required for each blind student.
Subject to appropriations by the Legislature therefor, the State Department of Education shall provide for the development of a written individualized educational program for each blind student eligible for educational services or equipment, or both, under Sections 37-23-1 through 37-23-157. In developing the written IEP for each blind student, there shall be a presumption that proficiency in Braille reading and writing is essential for the student to achieve satisfactory educational progress. The assessment required for each student shall be conducted by an assessment specialist and shall include, at a minimum, a Braille skills inventory, or if necessary, a comprehensive assistive technology evaluation including a Braille skills inventory. The assessment shall include a statement of the student's strengths and deficits. If, in the course of developing a student's IEP, all members of the team concur that the student's visual impairment does not affect reading and writing performance commensurate with ability, Braille instruction and use shall not be required by this section for that student. Nothing in this section shall require the exclusive use of Braille if other special education services are appropriate to the student's educational needs. However, the provision of other appropriate services shall not preclude Braille use or instruction, unless other assistive technology devices are determined more appropriate by the assessment specialist.
SOURCES: Laws, 1995, ch. 571, Sec. 3, eff from and after July 1, 1995