Visually impaired students; evaluation by certified Teacher of Visually Impaired. (HB228)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patrons Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), and Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Visually impaired students; Braille. Requires each visually impaired student to be evaluated by a certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired and requires the student to receive instruction in Braille or the use of Braille unless the team responsible for developing the student's IEP (IEP team) or the team responsible for developing the student's plan pursuant to 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504 team) determines that instruction in Braille or the use of Braille is not appropriate to the student's educational needs. Current law requires a determination of the appropriateness of Braille but does not require the evaluation. The bill allows IEP teams and 504 teams to provide other specialized educational services and assistive technology devices in addition to Braille. The bill disallows the presence of some residual vision from precluding instruction in Braille and the use of Braille. The bill permits IEP teams and 504 teams to provide blind students with instruction in Nemeth Braille and the use of Nemeth Braille in addition to Braille. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/27/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101465D
12/27/2013Referred to Committee on Education
01/10/2014Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/22/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
01/22/2014Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2014Reported from Education with substitute (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2014Committee substitute printed 14104150D-H1
01/27/2014Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2014Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
01/27/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB228)
01/28/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/2014Left in Appropriations

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB291.