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Readers for the Blind Program (RBP)

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 legally blind students and employing a person or person(s) to read to the students from textbooks and materials used at the school may receive reimbursement of up to five hundred dollars per reader from the State.

Manual

Application

Student eligibility must be certified each school year, following the beginning of the fall term.  An application must be completed and submitted electronically to spedfunding@dese.mo.gov by November 30th every year.  All students listed who are new to the program, or who have not had a current eye report submitted within the past three years must have a current eye report submitted electronically along with the application.