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Subject: Readers for the Blind Applications Due November 30, 2012

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors

Date: October 18, 2012

Funding is available for school districts to support a reader for a student who is legally blind.  The FY13 Readers for the Blind application, instructions, and manual can be found at http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Finance/RBPindex.html.  The application has been modified into an Excel spreadsheet format for FY13. 

Applications and supporting documentation for services provided to eligible students during the 2012-13 school year should be submitted electronically to spedfunding@dese.mo.gov prior to serving the child but no later than November 30, 2012.  Current eye reports are required as supporting documentation for all new student applicants, as well as for students with eye reports older than three (3) years on file with Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. 

The Special Education Finance Section will forward applications to Rehabilitation Services for the Blind for certification and, if approved, notify the school district of the student's eligibility and the requirements for reporting reader services.  If you have questions, please contact Special Education Finance at (573) 751-0622 or by email at spedfunding@dese.mo.gov.