Students with blindness or visual impairments; changes to certain provisions. (HB2205)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), and Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Students with blindness or visual impairments. Makes several changes to provisions relating to students with blindness or visual impairments, including (i) requiring a learning media assessment (LMA) to be administered as part of the initial evaluation and each reevaluation of each student with blindness or visual impairments or more frequently, if such student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) team so determines and requiring instruction in Braille reading and writing and accommodations for materials in Braille to be included in the IEP of a student with blindness or visual impairments commensurate with his IEP team's determination of his needs based upon the results of such LMA and (ii) requiring the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to assist the Board of Education and each local school board with ongoing professional development for teachers of students with blindness or visual impairments, including knowledge of and instruction in Braille and the administration and evaluation of LMAs. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101933D
01/11/2017Referred to Committee on Education
01/20/2017Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/26/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2205)
01/27/2017Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
01/30/2017Stricken from docket by Education


Rebecca Sheffield, Ph.D. writes:

This bill ensures not only that students with visual impairments receive timely, appropriate learning media assessments, but also that these learning media assessments are good assessments, individualized to the students! It is essential that professional Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments are involved in designing and conducting appropriate LMA's that take into account all of student's unique strengths and needs. Assessments to make such important decisions for our very unique students should never be one-size-fits-all, and (as with Functional Vision Assessments) Learning Media Assessments should be conducted/updated prior to any further special education eligibility assessments, to ensure that the professionals giving those additional assessments are using the appropriate accommodations and learning media! Please pass this bill!

- Rebecca Sheffield, Ph.D.
Certified Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments