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Subject: BTF/Nominations for the Blind Task Force (BTF)

Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Individuals interested in being considered for or making a nomination to the BTF

Date: April 11, 2008

The Department is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Blind Task Force. We are anticipating a vacancy for the "VI teacher" role, as one of the teachers on the task force will be reaching his term limit shortly. Nomination forms are available at http://www.dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Blind/documents/btfnomform122007.pdf.  Feel free to submit nomination forms for all categories, as we will keep these on file to refer to as positions become vacant.

Missouri law http://www.dese.mo.gov/divspeced/EffectivePractices/VIpageHB401.htm provides for the establishment of a task force on blind student academic and vocational performance, the Blind Task Force. Members of the Blind Task Force (BTF) are appointed by the Commissioner of Education, in cooperation with the Director of the Department of Social Services, to represent consumer organizations, parents, teachers, public school special education administrators, school building principals, rehabilitation services for the blind, the Missouri School for the Blind, employers, and others interested in quality services for blind students.

The law provides "This task force shall develop goals and objectives to guide the improvement of special education, related services, vocational training, transition from school to work, rehabilitation services, independent living, and employment outcomes for eligible students." (Section 162.1130.3 RSMo)

Please help us find interested, qualified persons dedicated to improving services to students who are blind or visually impaired.

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