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Low Incidence: Blind/Visual Impairment

National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards (NIMAS)/
National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (NIMAC)

The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) is a technical publishing standard required by state agencies to allow materials to be published in as many formats as possible for persons with disabilities. These formats include large print, Braille, text-to-speech, audio files, and more.


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Resources

  • Missouri Statewide Parent Involvement Network (MoSpin)
  • Blindness Skills Specialists - The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has contracted for​ three Blindness Skills Specialists.  Specialists will consult with public schools in the identification and service planning for students who are blind.
    • Blindness Skills Specialist Program - Missouri State University
      Julie Anderson-Ituarte
      Missouri State University
      901 S. National Avenue
      Park Central Office Building, Room 207
      Springfield, Missouri 65897
      Phone: 417-836-5490  Fax: 417-836-5997
      Email: jituarte@missouristate.edu
      Website: http://education.missouristate.edu/bss/

    • Blindness Skills Specialist Program - Truman State University
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      nthony Blades
      Northeast Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC)
      Truman State University
      Violette Hall 2200, 100 East Normal
      Kirksville, MO 63501
      Phone: 660-785-7428 
      email:  ablades@truman.edu
      web address: http://rpdc.truman.edu/

    • Blindness Skills Specialist Program - Missouri State University
      D. J. Butcher
      Missouri State University
      901 S. National Avenue
      Park Central Office Bldg, Room 207
      Springfield, Missouri 65897
      Phone: 417-836-8872  Fax: 417-836-5997
      Email: Butcher2@MissouriState.edu
      Website: http://education.missouristate.edu/bss/


Services

  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Missouri Assistive Technology
  • Missouri School for the Blind
  • Readers for the Blind
    • Any legally blind citizen of Missouri who regularly attends a public school district, a special school district, a Missouri college, university, technical or professional school that is legally authorized to grant degrees, other than an institution established for the regular instruction of the blind, may apply to Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB) for RBP services.  Public schools educating such students should submit applications to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Division of Special Education for processing, approval and payment. 
       
  • Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
    • Mid-Missouri District Office
      3418 Knipp Drive, Suite A-2
      P.O. Box 919
      Jefferson City, MO  65101
      Phone: 573-751-2714
      Fax: 573-526-4526

    • State Office
      615 Howerton Court
      P.O. Box 2320
      Jefferson City, MO  65102
      Phone: 573-751-4249
      Fax: 573-751-4984
      DSS TDD 1-800-735-2966

  • Textbook Procurement Rule
    • The part of House Bill 401 that requires school districts to give preference in purchasing textbook materials to textbook vendors that make materials available in Braille, or an electronic format is approved by DESE.

      MO Accessible Textbook Statute
      The citation in RSMo 170.132
      Provision of Braille Instruction and Provision of Materials
      Two statutes relate to HB401

  • Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - For print materials, contact Yvonne Ali at the American Printing House Materials Center, MSB (314) 776-4320, ext. 256

Studies and Reports


Task Force/Legislation

  • 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 Missouri 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, Re-screening, Audiological Assessment, and Follow-up, and Initial Amplification. 
       
  • Task Force on Blind Student Academic and Vocational Performance (BTF)
  • ​Braille Bill - This bill specifically outlines Braille instruction for children with visual impairments.​

 


Training/Conferences/Opportunities