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Subject: Readers for the Blind Applications Due November 30, 2013

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors

Date: October 21, 2013

Funding is available for school districts to help support readers for students who are legally blind.  The FY14 Readers for the Blind application and manual can be found at http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Finance/RBPindex.html.   

Applications and supporting documentation for services provided to eligible students during the 2013-14 school year should be submitted electronically to spedfunding@dese.mo.gov prior to serving the child but no later than November 30, 2013.  Electronic copies of current eye reports are required as supporting documentation for all new student applicants, as well as for students with eye reports older than three 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