There was a district court decision filed August of 2015 against the Las Vegas Public Schools regarding
a student with a significant visual impairment whose IEP called for 20 hrs per week of specialized services from a TVI, including braille instruction.
During instruction of the student, the school district teacher of the visually impaired quit. The district substituted with reading the materials to the student instead of finding someone to continue braille instruction.
The ruling was for the family. What is really interesting is the decision has some words in simbraille. For those of you who can’t read the words in the picture (I have yet to find a link with the actual document):
“…There is no question that change would be fundamental change in, or elimination of, a basic element of that sighted child’s educational program [to not teach letters or reading]. While reading aloud to a child is beneficial to a child’s education, teaching a child letters and words is fundamental to a child’s ability to read, write, and learn independently.Likewise, learning Braille is fundamental to a visually impaired child’s ability to read, write, and learn independently. Yet the District would have this Court find that: (braille) reading outloud does not constitute a funddamental change from providing material and instruction in Braille. (end Braille) Without the benefit of a qualified instructor, A.R. was unable to progress in his ability to read, write, and learn independently using Braille. Therefore, unlike the students in Erickson and Sherri, the District’s failure to hire a qualified TVI during Spring of 2013 created a fundamental change in, or elimination of, a basic element of A.R.’s educational program and the District thereby failed to maintain the student’s educational placement.”