Tuesday Sen. Lester Jackson (D-Savannah) led the passage of Senate Bill 409 out of the Senate Education and Youth Committee. SB 409 would establish the Blind Person’s Braille Literacy Rights and Education Act.
ATLANTA, GA -
One local lawmaker is pushing to give more educational resources to students who are visually impaired in the peach state.
This week, Democratic Senator Lester Jackson of Savannah spearheaded the passage of the Bill 409 out of the Senate Education and Youth Committee. If passed, the measure creates the Blind Person's Braille Literacy Rights and Education Act.
The bill goes further to define a blind or visually impaired child as eligible for special education services as someone who has the visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the stronger eye with correcting lenses and has a limited field vision at an angular distance of no greater than 20 degrees.
"We must do more for those children who are living with this challenging condition so that have every opportunity to grow into independent, contributing members of society," said Sen. Jackson.
If the bill is approved, it would require an evaluation of a blind or visually impaired child to determine the child's need for braille instruction. Teachers of these students would also have to meet certain requirements for licensing.
The bill now heads to a senate committee for further consideration.