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SUMMARY OF HOUSE BILL 401

Requires an annual report from DESE to the State Legislature about the literacy of blind and visually impaired children; requires DESE and Rehabilitation Services for the Blind to develop a joint referral system; creates the Blindness Skills Specialist Fund; requires school districts to give preference in purchasing textbook materials to textbook vendors that make materials available in Braille, or an electronic format approved by DESE; requires that every infant born in MO shall be screened for hearing loss, and establishes the Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee; requires that health insurance companies provide coverage for the Newborn Hearing Screening, Rescreening, Audiological Assessment, and Followup, and Initial Amplification.

Blindness Skills Specialists

162.1130 Definitions
162.1133 Blindness Skills Specialist available at each regional professional development center, duties - task force established
162.1136 Annual study conducted, educational status of eligible students - report to the general assembly, contents. 
162.1139 Joint referral service developed, rehabilitation services.
162.1142 Blindness skills specialist fund created